8.1 miles to Springer Mountain
Submitted by Marit Fischer on Mon, 09/29/2008 - 02:23
Karl and Billy left Hightower Gap at 1:41 a.m. "after several blister repairs to Karl's left foot and shoe modifications," Cheryl reported.
"Shoe modifications" usually means that they either cut a hole in the shoe to allow for more foot room, or they cut and reshaped the insole.
Karl affectionately calls his insoles "The DeWalts" because John DeWalt, the 72-year-old, strong-as-an-ox, tough-as-nails ultrarunner who's completed the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run – considered by most to be the toughest there is – an unbelievable and impressive 13 times, gave them to him, out of his own shoes, when he was with Karl through PA. The actual insoles that Karl's wearing now are replacements for the ones John gave him, but they're the exact same kind. "They're like running on carpet," Karl said, and they're kind of his good luck charm.
There are only 8.1 miles left to Springer now.
Karl says he's walking, but as Cheryl put it: "We'll see."
8.1 miles left. Out of 2,174. I cannot even imagine the emotion.