|Crooked River Gorge|
The countdown has officially started in my head. On August 3rd, 2 days after my 50th birthday, I’ll step across the California/Oregon border just south of Klamath Falls with a goal of running across the State of Oregon in 9 days, finishing at the Washington side of the Columbia River near The Dalles on August 11th. The plan will be to average 35 miles a day for the first 8 days, leaving a 14 mile fun run from Dufur to the Columbia for the last day. On other runs like this that I’ve done, I’ve posted a link to the route map, I’m not going to this time. It’s Hwy 97 and/or 197 the whole way, I won’t get lost.
I got really sick after Newport Marathon, this seems to happen a lot to me. I blame the water at aid stations, and especially blame the aid station with all cowgirls. I think that is the only aid station I took water from twice because the cowgirls were awesome! I’m almost recovered enough to resume everyday running. All reservations along the way have been made, it’s starting to feel pretty real. I drove from Redmond to Madras over the weekend. That will be mile 175 to 202 and I started getting a little jumpy in the car.