This morning Robbie got up super early to go on a run in Roanoke. He loves getting to run different trails, and he’d never run here before. He got to run with two of his running buddies, Grattan and Mike. Here’s his thoughts about the day.
Today was a good example of a day where you need to be very prepared, because you never know how conditions will be when you go out into the mountains. In the parking lot, the temperature was 35 degrees, and starting into the trail it looked like any normal day in the woods. However, as we got closer to McAfee’s Knob, even after just a few miles on the trail the conditions turned extremely icy. We did make it to McAfee’s knob, being very careful of the ice and running cautiously. It was below freezing at the top.
We had originally planned to go out an additional 5 miles to Tinker Cliffs, but the trail turned to a sheet of ice. We ended up running around 10 miles total. We decided it was too dangerous, as it looked like solid ice, so we ran back to the parking lot and ran on the Appalachian trail several miles in the other direction to get a few more miles in. Two nights before, they had gotten freezing rain, and in the higher elevations, all the trees and scenery was covered in ice. The views were gorgeous. This may be a better location to take a leisurely hike rather than run, the scenery is breathtaking.