I’m a little late writing up a report from Dawn to Dusk 2015. Maybe I still can’t believe how amazing the weather was. When you plan an event for the shortest day of the year, in Oregon, you expect bad weather. During the 4 years that I have been doing this, Oregon has not disappointed. And then, in the middle of the wettest December in recent history, one beautiful sunny day like a reverse oasis appears.Mile 11.5 brought us into Independence, where we met up with Jerry and Julie. They had brought drop bags for me, Kim and Bo. Well, they brought a drop bag for me and Kim. Bo packed a little more that would could be described as a bag. The upside to Bo’s enthusiastic planning was we all knew that none of us were going hungry! Eric got picked up about a mile later and the five of us headed toward the Buena Vista Ferry.
|7:47, official sunrise.|
7:47 started with 4 runners, Kim, Bo, Eric and myself. Making our way through and out of Dallas, conversations wandered all over, occasionally interrupted with exclamations that the pace was way too fast. We talked about fast food marketing, community theater, homemade energy gels and of course, how perfect the weather was. Low 40’s, sunny and dry.
|Mile 11.5, arriving in Independence|
|Well, we aren't going that way.|
|A sign of better miles ahead.|
Mindy and Betsy were waiting for me at my mile 34. Jeanne was hanging out with, an almost walking Lucas, so that Mindy could run the last 6 in with me. I had planned a 40 mile route, and made provisions for bonus miles in case we finished early. In my rough draft of the day, I had hoped to hit 40 miles at 4:00 PM and then make a decision about what to do with the remaining 33 minutes. We hit 40 miles at 3:58. Had I planned a 43 mile route, I’m certain I could have made 43, maybe even 44, but cold and wet and with a warm house, good friends and a hot pot of chili on the stove, I decided 40 miles was enough and opted for a hot shower.