Location: Groton State Forest, Vermont; Peacham Bog; Devil's Hill; Little Deer; Owl's Head; Big Deer;
Now THAT was the ballz!. "The 2011 Ultra Bog" - or maybe "The 2011 Bog Marathon Ultra" or maybe "The 2011 Pain In The Bog". Whatever.
27.1 miles and all the highlights of Groton State Forest! (Or at least of the northern half of the S.F.).
* The route started and ended at DogMan's house!
* We blasted out in cold, wet, drizzle, which came and went in little episodes all day. Roots, rocks, planks and leaves were wet and slippery. It was clear the Ultra Bog was trying to kill us. The day was a day filled with many little F**k You's from the trail.
* We didn't get lost. The trails we used were all obvious and marked well enough so that only once we missed a turn but DogMan caught the error within a minute or two.
* Heard it on the Big Deer Mountain: Dogman, in a near delirious state: "I don't remember coming up here."
* Heard it on Big Deer Mountain: Dogman, recovering from a near-delirious state: "Look at that view. It's like a painting". And he was RIGHT!
* The view from the cliffs of Big Deer out across the bog and the big valley we'd just circled was spectacularly gorgeous. Nobody brought a camera.
* The last mile: Dogman suddenly fires his jets and pulls away like a torpedo from a submarine.
* Great trail conversation - but I can't remember any of it.
* tMail held back the entire time and stuck w/ the slowpokes. Goddamn animal!
* Great apres run at the new-ish Italian restaurant in St. J. that I'd never even seen/heard of. It took an hour or three to eat because the little round husband/wife team and their one servant weren't out to win the gold, but the food was great and the company was excellent.
* Dinner conversation around adding 6 miles and making money off "The Bog Ultra 50k".
tMail's Report: We started off in a nice cold drizzle and started off down Hookerville. We had our normal fun conversation on Lovely and admired Lovely Farm as we always do. We had great views of Peacham Pond as well. We soon headed into the woods and started our assault up Devil's Hill. The descent down was on slick rocks and leaves. After Devil's it was off to do some bogging. The bog section was awesome we grooved along.
We had a great view of the bog from the bench and just thought about being in there in the winter. Our next destination was Little Deer and we got there soon. The Little Deer ascent was great and led to some nice open ledge views. The survival mode went into gear up Telephone on our way to Owl's Head. I loved the ascent up to Owl's Head good trail and a little technical. The stairs near the top were nice just stair steeping up.
We tackled Telephone again and it was soon time for Big Deer hunting. Big Deer delivered. Dogman took down Big Deer after an antler was stuck in his side. We regrouped on top and blasted out. We had some good conversation about a 50k, a winter slog bog, a Southern Comfort Pain in the NEK then a bog slog.
We discussed oil, biomass, the bog and dinosaurs. I gave DogMan orange pills that MadDog had given me they worked. We soon got back on Lovely to see the Lovely Princess. It was the right onto Hookerville and then home to the DogMan compound.