|One of the many interesting formations in Death Valley.|
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I am also very thankful to have had Doug along as he was an excellent guide. He has done a lot of geological field work in Death Valley and knew the area and its history well. Every day was an education as we discovered how the valley and mountains were formed and where the fault lines were and many other things. It was clear that he loves the area.
I was privileged to run with Marvin and Jim as they are both tough nuts and the conversation along the way was interesting and funny. Even though both of them were dealing with injuries, I never had any doubt that they were going to finish the trek. As the youngest of the three, I had the advantage of a younger body and youthful exuberance (I can't say that very much anymore) but they put up with me anyway.
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outlet at Panamint Springs Resort.
Death Valley is a beautiful and rugged place. When I drove through it three years ago in the summer, my goal was to see it and then get out of it (it was hot). I did not realize how much there is to see and do, however, and I missed out on so much. I only saw what was along the road. I would like to come back and spend some more time here and explore all of the side canyons and dunes.
The information from my GPS each day is below. The scale is different for each graph so it can be deceiving to just look at them without noting the scale. The first day was mostly flat. The other days included significant climbs, the likes of which I don't see in Central Pennsylvania. The pace listed is our moving pace (not including stops) and certainly isn't fast, but it got us to the end.
And to the nuts who run this race every July in less than two days, my hat is truly off to them. I certainly have renewed respect for their accomplishment. They are truly inspiring.
Here is a video I through together of the run: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWzFGzrnM_o.