It's on to the finish
Submitted by Marit Fischer on Sun, 09/28/2008 - 19:02
Karl just left Neels Gap at 6:10 p.m. and the word is that there will be no stopping until the finish line.
Billy joined him at the last waypoint, 6.2 miles back at GA 348 - Hogpen Gap, and will continue to run with him through the night.
Karl feels great and has been averaging a pace in the high threes, but is predicting a slow down through the night. He thinks he'll get to Springer around 4 a.m. Billy doesn't think it will take that long. Just FYI, Billy is a pro at gauging Karl's pace based on terrain and fatigue level and, while I was with him, pegged Karl's arrival time within two minutes at every single stop. I'd put my money on Billy this time too. Plus, since you and I are so good at math and figured in my last post that 4 a.m. is on the slow end of things, we know as well that they'll most likely get there before 4.
Cheryl, Senior and Pam are all well, and are ramping up for the long haul ahead. No rest for Karl means no rest for the crew either.
Cheryl sounded excited, but she knows well: "It's going to be a very long night."
They're planning to catch up with Karl and Billy at Woody Gap ten miles up, then Hightower Gap, then Pig Stamp Gap. And then on to Springer.
Sorry guys, because he's going to be running in at a time that my grandmother would call "an ungodly hour," it's not going to be a photo op finish or one that many of you will get to see. But you can't really blame him. He's ready to be done.
He's tired. His body hurts. He's pretty much sick of running. He wants to go home. He wants to sleep in. He wants to catch up with all his coaching clients that he's had to neglect the past two months. He wants to veg out in front of the television and watch Seinfeld reruns. He wants to reflect on this whole adventure on his back patio, looking out on the fall colors splatter-painted on the Wasatch Mountains.
Nah. You can't really blame him.
Cheryl will be calling and txting me throughout the night. Each time I hear from her, no matter what time it is, I will post an update.
Here we go.