Browsing the internet the other night after a long day, just about to finish my beer. I get a text from Nate:
“They just stashed 1k dollars worth of gear on superior. Up for a night hike? Been up there for like 45 mins.” I was like. “What the hell? Who did what??”
So he calls me and tells me the deal. One of the local race directors dropped a bunch of prizes at the peak of Mt Superior. He’s on the way there, do I want to join him. My legs are on their sixth day of running, with 66 miles of running and almost 30 miles of biking; they are tired. I want to go to bed. Instead, I tell him I’ll get my stuff together and meet him there.
I’ve not done Superior yet, it’s definitely one on my list. I have no idea what to expect, but I plan for several hours. I pack up and get out the door sort of quick. It’s a 30 min drive. Nate calls just as I Google maps is giving me critical driving info. I tell him I’m almost there.
Three minutes from the meeting point, Nate again calls and informs me someone bagged the prize. Deflated, I pull up to where he’s parked and he tells me the story. He gave the race director a ride to his car, or something like that, and found out we just missed out. I”m
Not wanting to have to driven 30 minutes for nothing, I say we should hike it anyway. My mindset is this is great training for Bigfoot. My legs are dead, I’m tired, it’s late at night and dark. All the things I will have to deal with in a few months.
We find an entry point and start climbing a shale field. Quickly we lose the trail and are just scrambling. Progress is slow. After only a half mile, we realize we are going up the wrong way and have to quit. We could possibly go higher, but it would be super sketchy if we had to down climb, so we call it off.
We make our way down and end up bushwhacking through a bunch of trees and brush, locating some stinging nettle as a bonus. Half a mile never seemed so long. We finally got to bottom and back to the road. I was never so glad to see pavement.
I don’t imagine this will be a regular spontaneous occurrence, though Nate did say the race director would probably do this again. So to be ready for the next time, I packed a GObag to keep in the car. Now I can just show up somewhere and run unplanned.
I will add more things and adjust for the seasons. But this is what’s in it now.