Sorry for the delay in posting the Day 24. About 30 minutes from the finish, our daughter called with the news that our new grandson, Russell Gorman Berry, had just been born. After a quick lunch in Cherokee, we scurried to Boone to repack and then to Raleigh to seen this little fellow. We were with Russell, Leah, and Denny by 10 PM. All are doing great! Blogging went on hold for a while while we enjoyed family and I got some rest after a long (but great) 24 days.
This blog will be brief. We are still in Raleigh. There's so much more yet to tell.
An informal, come and go Celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, 5 PM to 7 PM. See the Event Details for more information.
Day 24 Run
Running with me were: 1) my sister, Jeanne Newton, who drove from Franklin TN, 2) our friend Neal Stubblefield who for a second time drove up from Atlanta, 3) David Still, Director of Business Development for RaysWeather.Com, who worked tirelessly to set up the run and assisted me for 10-11 days of the run (water, fuel, etc.), and 4) our special guest, Don Lister, who is the only other person to have run the Blue Ridge Parkway in consecutive days. For details on Don's story see the blog post, Ray is No Don. I interviewed Don on camera after we finished and will share that in a blog soon.
Jeanne and Neal ran the entire route with me Thursday. David and Don picked up with us in the last 2 miles.
We began the run at Milepost 460 with only 9 miles to go to the finish. The route had only one uphill section about 2 miles into the run. Otherwise, it was a fairly steep descent of 2400 feet over the 9 miles. We passed through the last three tunnels. I took it really easy until the last quarter mile, but enjoyed a more spirited end to the run.
Here are the details of the run... https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1208306070
Photos and Video
The App Ortho Photo of the Day
We placed today's photos on http://www.BRPWeather.com/. From the Google Map on BRPWeather.Com, zoom into the southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway to see today's photos. 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!
Here are a few videos we made. I'll share more on blogs in the next several days. We have many more stories to tell. Here we have: 1) the start video (by the way, Jeanne ran the entire route instead of just a couple miles as stated in the start video), two ending videos, and a mock Hoka Commercial (What do you think? Should I get the promo job from Hoka?).
Parkway Attractions and History
And on Days 25, 26, 27, etc., we rested. Of course, we were exhilarated by the birth of our new Grandson. But I have so much more to share about the experience. To be honest, every single day was such a rush of getting ready, running, getting to the next stop, recovering, and blogging. I am more mentally tire than physically tired (not to minimize the physical exhaustion). My left leg is beaten up, it will take several days of physical recovery. But I will and will be out running on the Moses Cone Trails in the next 2-3 days.