The highlight of the day and of the entire run is Linn Cove Viaduct. We began the day just below Milepost 300. The fourth mile of the run was Linn Cove Viaduct--it was even better than I imagined.
Day 16 Run
I enjoyed running with Steve Simmons from Banner Elk for 8 miles today--great guy who took up cycling and running three years ago and has lost 60 pounds. Neal Stubblefield drove all the way from Atlanta to run with us today--Neal and his wife Jo Anne have been friends of ours for 33 years. He was my idol as a runner in Atlanta--35 marathons with a PR of 2:32. Neal has also run with the bulls at Pamplona--the only person I know who has done that! Neal is a mild-mannered engineer and fellow Georgia Tech alum. He's about the last person you would expect to have run with the bulls.
Linn Cove Viaduct views were everything I had hoped. I uploaded about a dozen photos to BRPWeather.Com, you'll have to zoom way in to the map there to see them all because they are placed so close together. But one vista after another was spectacular--check out the photos!
Neal and I settled into some 8:30/min pace miles in the downhill and flat run from Grandfather to the Linville River. After crossing the river, it was back to climbing mode and slow miles. Then about .75 miles from Milepost 320, the floodgates of heaven opened and we were soaked. Rhonda picked us up about .33 miles from the intended finish. But we still had 20.41 miles in for the day. The NPS needs to do a sobriety check for whoever put out the mileposts through this section. Over the course of about 8 miles, they were about half a mile off making this a longer run than intended.
Here are details of the run... https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1194220972
Photos and Video
The App Ortho Photo of the Day
There are dozens of great photos uploaded to http://www.BRPWeather.com/. From the map on BRPWeather.Com, zoom into the region between Grandfather and Linville Falls. We uploaded so many photos from Grandfather, you have to zoom way in. By the way, you can upload your photos to BRPWeather.com also; just click on the Photo link and follow the process--it's quick and easy!
We created two videos from the day: 1) at the start and 2) at lunch after being soaked.