RE: Colorado dreamin'
I agree w/everbuddy. You CAN do this.
Hans-Dieter Weisshaar did it once all by himself (in '02, I think, when the
race was cancelled due to FOREST FIRES; so, yeah, Hans is crazy. But to the
best of my knowledge, he didn't get fried. :)
Peter Bakwin's done it--as a DOUBLE HARDROCK!!! Wow. As I recall, he
started out 48 hours in advance of the race and circled the tour one way,
made it (with some hours to spare), and then at race-time he started back
out with all the runners now running in the opposite direction, AND MADE IT
again... with hours (many, I think) to spare! Truly (besides Kyle Skagg's
record, etc.) one of THE greatest feats I've ever heard of!
And I myself have "been there," and (after lotta failures) "done that." I
wrote about most of it (as I think Peter did too) and I could send "links"
to Marathon & Beyond's webpage (containing excerpts) if you, Lisa, or anyone
else is interested.
Personally if I were you, I'd simply "take off" one fine day and carry a
tent and one of those whiz-bang water filters so you could get water [really
good water! and properly chilled!!] along the course, and don't forget to
pack some grub. You can get *extremely* (delightfully!) detailed course
instructions right off the HRH website. And, trust me, those instructions
are reeeeeeeeeeeeeally easy to follow when, say, compared with the Barkley
instructions! ( O_O ) There's also a great map available, which I think
you can buy in town, and DON'T FORGET to register for your "Colorado Hiker's
Card" which is cheap insurance if, gawd ferbid, Search & Rescue needs to go
find your lost and calamitous self. ;-)
And of course Ouray and Telluride are, like, Tourist Mecca... so you could
probably find a motel.
Tell you what. There ARE lotsa places that are FLAT where you can in fact
pitch a tent (unlike what someone said) and here's proof: You'll find lots
and lots of old mining ruins along the way, and one such (above Ouray) has
this gigantic cylindrical rusty old boiler lying on its side, and in all
these years---it has yet to roll down the hill!
Now ask yourself when you see it: How the HECK did those old miners get all
this junk UP here???
And then temper your possible condemnations of modern pollution with
knowledge that, hey, our ancestors weren't any better.
Have a great time!!
Yankee Folly of the Day:
Can you imagine the level of selfishness that could possibly condemn course
markings as "junk"??? Take a look at what's happening in the San Juans:
those terrific course trailmarkers are currently very carefully planting all
those flags AND, starting right after the race start, more volunteers will
begin immediately to pull them all up and haul them all down. You haven't
lived until you're the last runner in the race, and realize that the next
person behind you is literally taking away your course!!