Off to Spruce Knob, West Virginia..to run the West Virginia Trilogy, a triptych of three runs..
50K on Friday...50 Miles on Saturday..and 13.1 miles on Sunday.
I've never been to Spruce Knob before, so I have been happily exploring the Internet about the highest point in West Virginia.
It's actually higher than I thought, the summit is 4863 feet (I was thinking it was about 4000 feet). The pine trees at this elevation only grow on their leeward (east) side as the west wind is so strong.
I've been trying to decide/decipher what the weather conditions will be way up high. The Mountain Institute advises checking the weather for Circleville (which is only at 2500 feet) and subtract 10 degrees from that. Plus, it may/should be windy. I have my race clothes assembled, but I keep throwing additional shirts and windshirts and hats and gloves into the gear bag!
Once I get to the mountain, I won't be leaving. As per the web site:
Tent camping at The Mountain Institute is highly suggested due to the remote location. There is no additional fee to camp. There are showers and bathrooms, and supplemental portojohns.
You should try to bring whatever supplies you may need, as the nearest store and gas is a 40 min drive.
(Dinners and Sunday breakfast is provided via the race. Maybe more breakfasts, I'm not too concerned about. I'm bringing my oatmeal, little propane single burner, and french press.
the National Radio Quiet Zone, cell phones, pagers, and other wireless devices do not work. The use of wireless networking cards, cordless speakers, and so forth are also strongly discouraged in the Quiet Zone, and any radio stations must coordinate their transmissions with the staff at the telescope to ensure that their transmissions do not conflict with the telescope. Near the telescope, only diesel vehicles are allowed, as gasoline vehicles need spark plugs, which can cause interference.
To summarize, there is a big Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank. And they need quiet around them to hear sounds from outer space. Now, I think that is very cool, especially as I kept reading about this, about how difficult it is becoming to keep this space clear. What about if you want to move into the area? Does the realtor warn you that your cell phone won't work here? I'm a bit confused about this.
Anyway, I will be off the grid after leaving Elkins on Thursday. There will be lots to report on next week!