Six sunrises after getting back from Caumsett, Lauren and I packed our bags once more and headed out to Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain is located about 60miles north of NYC, west of the Hudson River. Besides from being a beautiful weekend to be outdoors, our main goal was to check out The North Face 50k course that Lauren will be racing in late April.
It took us a little over three hours to arrive at the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area. This is where the first (and fifth) aid station will be located. We got out, got our gear on, and headed out, using the turn by turn directions and a generalized map the race site puts out.
So, within the first 15 minutes we realized out we went the wrong direction and headed back to where we came. After a little bit, we figured the right way to go and had a really nice time. It was unseasonably hot and sunny and The part of the course we previewed was very fun. It was runnable but very rocky in some parts and the climbs were steep but not too steep. Overall, I think this a very good representation of east coast trails without being too difficult, although, we didn't do the entire course.
After having a nice dinner and solid nights sleep, we headed out once more to get on the course. It took us a while to warm up but once we did, we made our way toward a decent climb that included a short scramble and one of the highest points on the course. It was overcast and much cooler but we had a ton of fun and we were glad that we got to see this portion.
We went back to the hotel, checked out, then decided to shop a little at the outlet mall that was about 5minutes away. We ate some pretty good cheeseburgers and then headed home.
I'm definitely looking forward to coming back in a couple months for the race!