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Friday, September 11, 2015

Rats ... Out of action ...

... For a week or more. Checkup this morning landed me in OR, where I underwent a 3-hour attempt to reattach the retina of my left eye.

I have to keep my face pointed floorward (or navelward, or feetward) for the next week to keep the gas bubble in my eyeball oriented correctly. Can't drive; can't nothin'. 
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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Back to Baldy

Went a little earlier today in an effort to avoid the folks I ran into yesterday, and it mostly worked. I went back to Baldy Mountain and ran uneventfully three miles up and back. The above picture is just the view, including a striking contrail, at the spot where I turned around today. I'll go longer one day this weekend, probably Sunday because of the football games (Nebraska plays at 11 a.m., I think).

Tomorrow I may run in Great Falls again since I'll be there anyway for an early morning doctor appointment.

On the way up, a Forest Service pickup came speeding down the road faster than I would have thought safe (it's a narrow, very rocky road). She waved as she went by but I didn't get a good look ... I thought it could have been the woman I saw running up there a week or so ago, but it wasn't.

It was, as expected, colder early in the morning — 39 as I began and in the 50s at the end. Going to book flights to Denver and from Minneapolis today, so I'll be running in some unusual places later this month.

6; 16; 16; 797
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Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Crowds of people!

Odd day ... I went a little later than usual, letting it warm up to the 50s, and there was an old guy walking on Herrin Lakes Road, another driving slow to run his big black lab, and a third vehicle parked at my usual spot to access the state land near the river.

I went back to the road network on the other side of the main road and headed toward the giant highland meadow. At the first turning, this "decoration" was on a tree, pointing down the road I planned to follow.

And in case you missed the first arrow, there also was this one. Not sure what they mean — future logging perhaps? The only changes I noticed down the road were that all the gates were closed and some minor trimming of slash had gone on near the road. Otherwise there was little evidence of visitation since the last time I was there. Saw plenty of signs of cattle, but only one critter, in the trees at the far west end of my route.

Beautiful day, temp in the high 50s, light breeze and sunny. The rest of the week is supposed to be nice. I go to GF tomorrow evening for a 7 a.m. doctor's appointment for my cloudy left eye. Hope it's nothing serious. I'll pick up a few supplies and be back here by Friday afternoon.

5; 10; 10; 791
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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Hiatus (and smoke) over

Unbelievably clear out, and cool and sunny. Today I went back to the Baldy Mountain road and ran just to the upper gate and back. Felt good, but it was chilly — upper 40s and breezy. This is the view from the road out across the Lincoln valley, to the northwest.

This is a cool rock that I'd never noticed before, a mile or so above the parking place. And even here I didn't see it until the return trip.

This gulch and old road — mostly impassable now, and steep — is near the turnaround spot today.

A couple of guys in an old pickup (similar to my own, in fact) with chainsaws in the back passed me on the way up. Otherwise I owned the area.

5; 5; 5; 786
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Monday, August 31, 2015


Smoke was mostly clear today, but my calves were unaccountably stiff from yesterday's long one so I gave it a miss, cognizant of the knowledge that I was going to spend most of the day fishing with my friend from Helena. We did so, and we caught many fish, some of them sizable.

Unfortunately, I think I left my phone in Bill's truck, which is now on its way to Helena. I feel stranded!
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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Slight smoke break so long run

The smoke was diminished this morning thanks to some thundershowers (hope they didn't start any new fires), so I went long. In fact it was overcast when I started on a variation of an old run, but here the sun finally broke through and it shone most of the rest of my run.

I drove to the turnoff for Baldy Mountain and parked. In the past, I've driven up the Baldy road to a gate, three miles, but today I stopped there, thinking that running on the road would keep my feet dry (last time I ran all the way to the peak, the upper half of the trail was overgrown and would have been wet today). Between two and three miles, I heard a voice, and turned to see a woman catching up to me. She sounded off so as to not startle me, and I appreciated it — I would have jumped out of my skin if she'd have just come up and passed me.

I'd reckon she was running at least one and maybe two minutes a mile faster than I, because it didn't take long for me to lose sight of her. In fact, I wasn't sure which way she went.

Anyway, when I got to the saddle where the track to the top splits off the main road, I decided to stay on the main road and see where it went.

Turns out it goes a long way — farther, anyway, than I wanted to go today. It was all uphill (I went out about six miles), but the approximately 1,000 feet of vertical was relatively evenly distributed over that distance.

About a mile from my turnaround spot, I met her again coming back. We stopped and chatted for a minute. She said she runs up there frequently. I've seen her around a few times, but we'd never met. She told me her name, but of course I've already forgotten it. Laura, I think, but I didn't really catch the last name. Seemed very nice, but too fit for me to run with, at least for now.

I said the smoke had cleared some, but it was not gone. This was the view toward the sun from Stemple Pass Road on my way to where I parked. It was also mostly cloudy.

This intact (and seemingly unlocked) mine adit was at a curve about five miles up. I didn't investigate further.

This was today's turnaround spot, looking northeastward into the Blackfoot Valley east of Lincoln. This was a very good route and I will do it some more. I've gone to the top of Baldy (or tried to) quite a few dimes, but not from the bottom of the road. And I've never ignored the peak spur and gone on east on the decent Forest Service road. I'm not sure how far it goes, but I could see more of it stretching out before me, and there were a couple of other side routes heading up, probably old logging roads.

I felt great, though my calves were a bit crampy afterward, I think because of the long (six-mile) downhill second half of the run. Happy to report that it puts me within five miles of my OCD 100-mile-a-month goal these days. I'd have made it easily except for the smoke and visitors, but looks like I'll be able to do it.

12; 39; 95; 781
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Smoked out

I've dressed to run two days in a row, but air quality hereabouts continues to vacillate between "very unhealthy" and "hazardous." A front is expected later today so I'm holding out hope for an afternoon or evening run. Here's last evening's view north from my house — toward the mountains!

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