|Rishel Peak in the distance|
One of things that I love to do when I am in Wendover is go for a morning run There is nothing like waking up, traveling up Aria Blvd on the Utah side and heading into the hills.
|Stations of the Cross along Aria Blvd|
We've been having some awesome weather of late and while the temperature was in the low 30's, it felt significantly warmer. I wound up putting on a tech jacket, gloves, shorts and a t-shirt. I am happy to report I was perfectly warm.
I woke up at about 7:30 and finally rolled out of bed and hit the road by 8AM from the Montego Bay Resort. I stopped by my car and took a few swigs of water and took off under I-80 and up into the canyons.
I've done most of this run several times before. I mostly wanted to see what the terrain was like while hugging the southern portion of the Leppy Hills. One of my goals is to run around the mountain: a jaunt of about 15 miles total.
I am a little nervous about this as you do lose cell phone connection once you get behind the mountains. If / when I do this, I'll be sure to carry plenty of fluids / gels. The ATV trails are easy to navigate (in most cases) but there are some significant climbs.
I felt a little sluggish from yesterday's 5K but after a mile or so I felt fine. I was really enjoying the sunrise over the southern salt flats:
After a few miles in, I was greeted by my trusty friend, Volcano Peak:
I wound up deviating a bit to the north and east. I was trying to reach a point where I could see the salt flats from this portion of the canyon and I largely succeed. I did a little trail blazing (mindful of rattlesnakes) and after a series of really tough climbs I managed to reach a glorious view of Rishel Peak:
|View of Rishel Peak|
|Area to the south of Rishel Peak|
|To the north of Rishel Peak|
It took me a good 45 minutes to reach that point and I spent a good amount of time enjoying the view. I made excellent time in getting back to the Montego Bay because the trip back is largely downhill.
It is a little unnerving out there. You can hear the hum of the traffic from I-80 in the distance, but there is very little living things out there. I've never seen another person and while I've seen a bird or two, animal skat and evidence of teen parties, it's always sort of scary. But solitude can be nice.
|Heading back to Wendover|
|Heading back into Wendover|