After 18 miles on highway 141 again we turned onto the Raccoon River Trail for the rest of the day, it was great to get off the road and away from the truck noise. It was another hot and sweaty day at 95 degrees by 1pm, with a ‘real feel’ of 105. Once again Steph was there on hand with ice cold drinks and snacks for me – every 6 miles at the start and going to every 3 miles when it started to heat up. Steph has also been lending me her ‘neck cooler’ which is a bandanna (actually from the Western States 100 miler) you put ice into and it really helps cool you down. It has been a lifesaver in this heat. [And Yes Mother, before you comment, it does melt and drip down your back and makes you wet but then in this humidity I’m pretty soaked from running anyway!]
The trail was great and though it was a long day in the heat (nearly 10 hours) I was happy and finished feeling exhausted but generally ok. The best part was seeing two raccoons (live!) on the path in front of me – they were very cute.
Dinner tonight was from Applebee’s – lovely garlic and rosemary chicken pasta – delicious!