Sunday we drove over to Tracy City to begin our 26 mile trail run on the Fiery Gizzard Trail. Since some of our group opted to stop at the 13 mile turn around point.... Mitch had parked his car there so he and Sandy could head on back home. Cat and her dog started with us on the Tracy City side and split from us somewhere around the 3-3.5mile mark and did their own thing. So.... it was me, Trey, Joey, Sergio and Michael going for the full 26!
The trail is beautiful. The pictures really don't do justice to what you see in person out there. The Tracy City side has magnificant pines.... larger than I've ever seen! Along the trail you see things such as beautiful creeks, fern gardens, rock gardens, overlooks, falls and much much more. There are parts of the trail which would be rated as extremely technical, but there are some relatively easy segments as well. It's definitely worth a the trip wheter it be for a hike or trail run. http://www.friendsofscsra.org/aboutthepark.htm
Michael (dubbed as "Lucky" by our 5 year old) ran the entire 26 miles in 3:50! It took the rest of us closer to 5hours. At the end I felt suprisingly fresh.... this was unexpected as I had raced the day before. Joey and Trey weren't feeling the love so much, but they finished up like troopers and started getting a sense of humor after they got off the trail. What a great training day and another 26 in the bank!