I finally set off on the path. There were a few unmilitary looking walkers. I passed the air strip lined with large C-17 globemasters and C5A Galaxies. I ran through a random campsite with a couple of dozen RVs. The path went through a brief wooded area. I heard a small explosion on the other side of the trees. I saw an open area where firemen in training had set fire to an old military plane and were extinguishing it with a hose. The paved path ended and turned into a dirt path that ran along the barbed wire fence which enclosed the base. The dirt path was pretty isolated, however I couldn't think of a safer place to run than on a barbed wire enclosed military base. Not even a grizzly could get past the armed guards at the gate. The majestic firs were typical of the Pacific Northwest. This beautiful sunny day seemed pretty atypical. I thought Seattle was supposed to be rainy and depressing! Wasn't Kurt Cobain depressed? (Too soon?) Since I didn't have Map My Run activated to clock my distance, I just estimated that one hour and forty minutes of running was probably close to twelve miles.
We went out to dinner that night at Ray's Café which is right upstairs from Ray's Boathouse. I had the delicious King salmon cooked rare. Pete's college friend, Michael, a businessman turned amazing educational entrepreneur, explained that the glorious 75 degree summer days in Seattle are the trade offs for the gloomy gray winters. Michael ran a half marathon last year in Kenya. Unfortunately, he was not going to run Hood to Coast.
Tad Seder, Sound Sports' team captain (that would be my team captain) was also at dinner. Again, he tried to convince me that I was not going to get lost unless I tried. He also informed me that there were no timing chips except for the last leg. Weird.
No run until race day.
Entrance to the campsite
The charred remains of a retired military plane.
Fire! Call the fire depart...oh, the fire department set the fire...okay...I guess I'll just watch. And take pictures.
Not so creepy path
This means I'm safe, right?
Do I look ready?