We parked at the Visitor's Center, then climbed Bird Knob, went down Ant Hill Road to where the Bird Knob AS would be, then descended about 1 mile down Big Mountain run. This is a demoralizing downhill, because Jim explain all we were doing was losing ground and were going to go back up again. Sure enough, we turned left onto the Purple Blazed Trail and promptly went back up.
We then followed the MMT course back to the Picnic area, and then back to the Visitor's Center.
Bob at Bird Knob.
In our downhills at Bird Knob, my quads were quite stiff from the day before. I think I need to get in more hill workouts, and work those muscles. 88 days!!!!!!