We set off this morning back on the Couer d’alene trail from yesterday and ran on it all day. We saw a few people – mainly dog walkers and the occasional cyclist but the most exciting thing was the wildlife around the trail. As we ran passed mini lakes, streams and water-logged fields the birds and animals were everywhere – it was teeming with life.
I saw herons, storks, lots of little water fowl and other birds as well as eagles (Justin thinks a bald eagle but I’m pretty sure I saw a pair of golden eagles and he saw an Osprey, but we really needed a bird watcher today!). As we set off I felt pretty good so ran just behind Justin for 20 miles, he was taking it slow at 10 min miles. A couple of times when he stopped I was in the lead – mainly to see if I could see some more wildlife as with him in front everything kept being scared off (I think it’s his red-neck-cross-dressing look they don’t like!)
At one point I dropped back to take a photo of the eagles and I could see Justin bending down – it later turned out he was watching a moose and calf which I completely missed! So on we went with me complaining about not seeing a moose despite constantly looking (and I wonder why I fall over!) but then about 3 miles later there was a big moose standing about 20m away in reeds, just staring at me.
It was a lovely run and even though I slowed a bit towards the end I was pleased to be back jogging; and a finish time of just over 8 hours meant we got to the motel in good time and over pizza (a Calzone for me) we discussed logistics for some of the trip when we’ve not got crew for Justin and I. And a van with no one to drive… but we think it’s all sorted, just about. Adam should hopefully be staying on a day or so longer into next week and it looks like Mike’s aunt might be able to come, then we have just about organised for (another) Mike to fly out and drive Justin’s van when he’s here. With 3 runners we need 2 crews at all times really, though Justin and I have discussed running with packs and/or dropping water beforehand if we need to – it shouldn’t come to that though.
Again today we couldn’t survive without Heidi and Adam – popping up with water on what was a humid and sunny day – and always there when needed!