Well, the good news is we made it back from Witchita..I mean Wichita yesterday after 10 long hours passing through corn field after cornfield. Pulled into the driveway, bolted into the house, changed and managed to get another training run in. Perfect conditions for the latter half of the actual race – dead tired, legs and back sore from sitting so long and temps dropping as fast as the sun. Now it’s Halloween trail 7×28 (need to find a way to squeeze a few more hours out of each day). Clearly going to be a struggle to get my required posts up with the current pace of things, so pressed the bat signal once again. Brad once again came to my aid – actually, more than came to my aid, brought me not one, but TWO features to help fill the gaps (and I think he is working on another one for you). Cannot thank him enough for the assist and I know you will enjoy this second adventure. I’m going to head back into the woods now and try to get a nasty clown infestation under control – happens every year right before the big party, sigh. Time to step aside and let Brad take the helm once again. Take care and see you down the road.
……Take it away Brad
We were fortunate enough to recently enjoy a lengthy vacation on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Our daughter and her boyfriend were able to join us for the first week. We spent time on the beaches, snorkeled, took coffee & chocolate plantation tours, and went to a luau. We drove to the mountains and stayed overnight on the volcano. We hiked many miles over hardened lava and through the rainforest and near the coast to see 500-year-old petroglyphs. We watched every sunset possible and caught a few sunrises as well.
We probably went through a gallon of reef-safe sunscreen (OK, I probably did by myself). We maximized the “unlimited mileage” on our rental car (a little over 2,000 miles total) even though the island is not much more than 90 miles across. You would think the Hawai’i state bird would be as obvious as the Northern Cardinal is in our home state of Illinois. You would be wrong. We couldn’t see more than two up close until our last five hours on the island.
Hit the jump to read more of Brad’s adventure.Continue reading Guest Feature: Hawai’i State Bird…by Brad Marks