When Nina from Gone Roaming asked for volunteers to write a guest post, I jumped at the chance. It seemed like a natural fit – hiking and trail running. I decided to write about a trail run that I do with a buddy of mine. We have done several versions of the loop I describe, and it is one of my favorites. The start of the run is only about three miles from my house, and there is plenty of shade on the route, so it is a good run to do on those hot, humid, Pennsylvania summer days.
I usually run trails with my friend Al, another former chemistry teacher. Al and I have run together for a long time, at first as part of a group. Over the years injuries and age have beset members, and the group has dwindled to just two – Al and me. I guess we are the luckiest, or maybe just the most stubborn, but we continue to run trails.
The Horse-Shoe Trail is a 140-mile path that begins at the western boundary of the Valley Forge National Park in southeastern Pennsylvania and winds its way through private property, state game lands, and public parks to meet up with the Appalachian Trail just outside of Harrisburg, PA.
Please continue reading my post about my adventure on the Horse-Shoe Trail here.