Soon after returning from the Winter Solace in the Smoky Mountains I drove my son, Brandon, back to Columbia College in Chicago. From there I drove east to the Dunes with the intention of running the course of the defunct (banned!) ZOY RUN and otherwise hiking and exploring the park. It proved to be a grand run filled with reminiscing that was clarified by the fact that the temperature was hovering around 20 F while the wind gusted wildly. Check out the data and mapping of the run as recorded with a Garmin 410 HRM.
The following pictures are in order as I ran casually around the ZOY RUN course on frozen sand. Can you spot the devious monster?
As usual, click twice to greatly enlarge these pictures.
|The "up ramp" at the Furnessville Blowout after 1.8 miles behind the ridge. (Ouch, tilted horizon!)|
|Looking back in a section of grass-lined trench trail. Sections like this made it extremely difficult to pass in the ZOY.|
|Once again behind the ridge after the Beach House Blowout.|
|The first major climb is up Mt. Jackson. Due to a change in slope, this shot only shows a little more than half of the climb.|
|The second climb is Mt. Holden.|
|The third summit, Mt. Tom, is reached by a long series of wooden stairs. Zoom in to see where they end in this picture and begin in the next picture.|
|Second section of stairs leading to the summit of Mt. Tom.|
|Heading to the beach after a crazy descent of Mt. Tom.|
|Who let that guy out?!|
|This boardwalk is actually near the Wilson Shelter where the ZOY RUN started. Goodbye for now old friend . . .|