While in northern Michigan, I decided to check out the "Manistee River Trail Loop" I've heard so much about. It includes a section of the North Country Trail, along with some scenic bluffs, solid climbs and beautiful views of the river. I was joined by Zach Sayre, Jonathan Alsip and Chaz Hornburg (who holds the FKT on this route).
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Monday, July 20, 2020
The first 20 miles or so were on very well groomed trails and even some pavement, which allowed me to make some good time. I passed the marathon mark in 3:15, putting me on pace to hit my goal time. However, apparently around the 28 mile mark I made a wrong turn because the trail abruptly disappeared. I checked the gps map on my watch and had to run through the woods to get back on track, crossing
I was feeling a bit defeated because I was now behind the goal pace I had set for myself, when I began the most challenging part of the trail. The last 8 miles or so consisted of unmowed and seemingly rarely traveled paths adjacent to farm fields. The grass and weeds were knee-high in most