|Mile 10, the first time I stopped for water
|Beaver dam holding back the lake in the previous photo, below which the cascade I took water from.
|Runners milling around the starting line.
|Cedar River dam at mile 23. Built in 1903 by a logging company, it has been abandoned and looks to my untrained eyes ready to fail.
|The dam is for 31 miles the only man-made thing we see that isn't a hikers bridge, lean-to, outhouse or trail marker.
|The bridge over the dam looked just a little unsafe. (Not part of the course.)
|Another runner saw me taking pictures of this spot and offered to shoot one with me in it. The next three pictures were taken from this same location.
|So due to the incredible rain we had in march, a bridge that was here was washed away. These ropes replaced them. Reports from as late as May indicate that this crossing was impassable. But as you can see, the water level declined significantly.
|Typical Lean-to from the course. A ranger was hanging out here and some runners were talking to him.
|16.2 miles to the finish!
|The trail marker we followed
|Here's the warning that the bridge is out.
|The starting line is at the end of the road.
As you look at these photos, keep in mind that they do a good job representing the majority of the 32.6 mile run. If you're expecting mostly smooth soft California singletrack with a few rocky sections, you'd be mistaken.
|Lots of fallen trees.
|When the bridge is out, we cross the beaver dam instead! Seriously.
|When I saw this bridge was out, I just plowed through the creek. Didn't see the replacement bridge 100ft to my right.
|The replacement bridge.
|Stay on the right side of this bridge..
|The gate at 50K. Still about 2K to go.
|Because of construction, we couldn't do the glorious dam crossing at the finish. This is what we did instead.