Jun 15, 2012

Distance today = 46.93 km; Total distance = 7832.40 km; Location = Cass Lake (12 km east of) – 47 22.265′ N, 94 26.927′ W; Start time = 0842, Finish time = 1632


Forget about the difference between two days – today was a case of the difference between the morning and afternoon.

After yesterday’s positive day, this morning I felt decidedly tired, despite the scenery being just as spectacular. It wasn’t that I was sore or in pain – I was simply lacking in energy. So I struggled through the morning to the town of Cass Lake where we had lunch. My salmon and avocado sandwich may have done the trick, as I felt much better afterwards. I’m talking chalk and cheese here folks!!!

The running and cycling trails around these parts are as good as anywhere I’ve seen in the world. Not only is the scenery so stunning, but the surface of the trail is perfect – worthy of the best road. Cyclists must especially love it.

I finished up with a slightly shorter day than normal, which was as planned. At Cass Lake, I also reached the most northerly point I will run to in the US – 47° 23’ N. It will be the most northerly point until Europe next year. I have decided not to continue up to Canada, as I want to be in Chicago in just over four weeks.

One highlight this morning was a tiny tortoise I saw on the trail. It was only the size of a bottle top. I’m guessing it was not more than a few days old. I don’t know where its mother was? Maybe, like sea turtles, they fend for themselves once they hatch?

PS The tracker is showing me at Stony Point, although my true run position is about 9 km further to the east.