And Now the End is Near…

Well, for this year at least!

I just completed my last walk of the year with my friend Ed. We didn’t do a run/walk because today we were trying something new; going up Mount Misery in Valley Forge and then along the Horseshoe Trail.

It was a beautiful cold day out there but we weren’t cold for long. The route very quickly turned into a climb as you can see from the profile.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/5e7/55986753/files/2014/12/img_4136.pngNote that the elevation numbers on the side of the graph are way off (a quirk of mapmyrun). It actually climbs from 60ft to 500ft. Overall the walk had 709ft of uphill.

Once we were up the main hill we basically walked along the ridge of Valley Forge mountain upto the Wharton Esherick museum; we was a famous woodworker and this is a fascinating place to stop by if you have the time.

The mountain was lovely today so I snapped a picture.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/5e7/55986753/files/2014/12/img_4134.jpgIn the background you can see the twin mountain Mount Joy.

While we were out we stumbled upon a kids campsite that was filled with all sorts of kitsch stuff, plus some pieces of wood to write entries in the visitor ‘log’.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/5e7/55986753/files/2014/12/img_4132.jpg/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/5e7/55986753/files/2014/12/img_4129.jpg/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/5e7/55986753/files/2014/12/img_4130.jpg/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/5e7/55986753/files/2014/12/img_4131.jpgI don’t know who Kate is but it looks like she has a lot of fun at this camp.

As this was the last activity for the year I can finally publish my totals. But not before pointing out that this was a ‘devil’ walk with a distance of 6.66 miles. Yeah – great way to finish the year! /home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/5e7/55986753/files/2014/12/img_4135.png

My totals were (drum roll, please):
Running: 1035.92 miles (goal: 1000).
Run/Walk: 87.49 miles.

I also ran two (unofficial) marathons with reasonable times.

These achievements pail next to those of my friend Ed who has lost a staggering amount of weight and who a year ago couldn’t walk 200 yards. He has done so much this year and I look forward to helping him continue next year. I beat some arbitrary targets. He got his life back.

Have a great New Year everyone. Thanks for following along.

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