Eleven of RVA’s finest left the fartsack for what was certain to be a wet day.
We did the Kingpin route from Tuesday’s Spider Run, except we launched from the Mary. We headed west on Grove to Granite and a left on Granite to Cary. Dogleg left and take a right heading down Tempsford.
- 4s take the left fork and retrace their steps back to Grove to the AO.
- 5s do the left and right forks and then Granite to Patterson to Westmoreland to the AO.
- 6s do the left and right forks twice each (!) and then Granite to Patterson to Westmoreland to the AO.
- The three amigos showed up early and did a longer route.
YHC took us out.
A few observations:
- I have never seen so much standing water on Grove before. Ran a bit down the median to take higher ground.
- In the dark on the Kennondale hill, I could hear whitewater rapids in the ditches. If I had a creek boat, I could get to the bottom a lot quicker. Also, one had to keep a lookout for tripping hazards (someone’s driveway spilled into the road) and cross currents similar to riptide running across the road.
- Sippy Cup suggested that this route could be aptly renamed Snake River since there is both a river and a fork. Plus there is a bite to the hills.
- There was some deep water on Patterson. Prior to today, I have never described my running style like a displacement hull. I wonder if you can hydroplane while running?
- At one point, I waterboarded myself breathing in through my nose.
- Puppy Pile is tomorrow. Water, mud, and kids. Its going to smell like a wet dog.
- Golf tournament today. The heavy stuff probably won’t come down for some time so they are good for a few holes.
Time to Taper,