We did it! Our group of five, (Susan, Sherry, Mary, Lee and me) did 21 miles of walking through rain, wind, hail, snow, sleet and fog! Well, through wind and fog definitely but also sunlight and the most spectacular scenery you could imagine; hills and valleys and cows, bridges and sand dunes and Pacific waves crashing over monumental rock formations. It is so staggeringly beautiful here, it must be some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Yonge Street cannot compete.
We were up at 3am to get to the bus by 4 am, which drove us over the route to the staging area where we waited in the dark and cold until daylight. Then at 6:45am, 5 miles ahead of the marathoners, we set off on Highway 1, the coastal highway, alongside the ocean. We cruised up and down the hills (even Hurricane hill, thanks to Lee Scott’s hill training) accompanied by drummers and pianists and school bands and metalhead hippies on electric guitars.
But we did face very tough challenges; the wind was brutally against us at times; there was also fog that came and went so sometimes we couldn’t see the beautiful views at strategic points and finally, the switchback rolling hills (13 of them!) for the final third of the course nearly did us in. But we persevered and finished the walk in plenty of time.
There was an injury, however. I got my first blister! The road was very slanted and I think that’s what did it.
Tomorrow we’re going to drive the course and stop at scenic points for more photos.
Right now we’re heading to a restaurant for some well deserved food and wine and early to bed, is my bet.
And ladies – what happened in the Barnyard, stays in the Barnyard.