G & I ran the past two days. I suppose run is a general term. He has a lot of experience in moving efficiently over varied terrain, as evidenced by his 180 day “yo-yo” from Mexico to Canada and back on the Continental Divide Trail. So obviously running with him for hours at a time is less about pure speed then about endurance and a desire to see new trails.
Saturday we drove out to French Creek and had the park mostly to ourselves (with George). It was about 13 miles in 4 hours over some very crusty foot deep snow and some postholing for good measure. The park itself seems to have mostly mellow climbs, and certainly a few different large loops are possible. And we walked across a large cold frozen windy lake where people were ice fishing and ice skating. We’ll likely go back once more of the snow has melted.
Yesterday, Sunday, we drove up to the north end of Pennypack and decided to “run it out” to the terminus on the Delaware River behind the Holmesburg penitentiary. It is in fact a surprisingly nice waterfront park there on the Delaware. Not counting some trail offshoots, I believe it was approximately 10 or 11 miles to the Delaware river from Pine Rd. #1 parking area. There are a few double and single track trails (horse trails) in Pennypack, though again with the snow it was a bit difficult to correctly stay on the offshoots, similar to the Wissahickon where many head out toward neighborhood access trails.
According to maps we’ve seen, there is a theoretical 15.5 mile loop that includes only 3 or 4 miles of pavement. It would be nice to have a .gpx of this loop the next time we head out. It ended up being about 21 miles in 4.5 hours (probably closer to 4 hours of actual moving time) and some slogging through wet snow as we attempted to veer on to barely discernible single track in a few places.
All in all some nice footwork moving over varied terrain this weekend.