Bright and early Saturday morning, Gretchen and I drove to Auburn, to meet Chaz and our friend Bill, who had generously agreed to drive us out to Robinson Flat, so we could do a one-way run on the Western States trail. We had left a car in Foresthill, which was about 34 miles down the trail, using the route we took (with a little add-on).
Bill left us at the trailhead, and we began our journey, first stop was the Duncan Peak Fire Lookout on Little Bald Mountain.
Less than 1 mile after coming down from the lookout, Chaz very loudly rolled his ankle, crashing down to the trail in pain. Our options were limited- if we turned back to go to Robinson Flat, we would have no ride out. If we continued on, the soonest place he could possibly get a ride was another 15 or so miles. Most people would have taken this turn of events badly- we were less than 3 miles in to a 30+ mile run. Chaz however, sucked it up and powered through, accepting it with a smile. Even when we made fun of him for taking a small short cut. 🙂
He was able to cut some sections a little short, and we took our time, stopping frequently to enjoy the scenery and take a crap load of pictures of each other. It was the perfect day- 29 miles for Gretchen and I, about 26 for Chaz. Our new friends Jerome and Cindy gave us a ride from Michigan Bluff to Foresthill, and there was a small party with pizza in the parking lot- best way to end our run. We hit Joe Caribe for dinner before Gretchen and I headed back to Truckee.