“Spend as much time as possible on mountains, in small boats, or otherwise out in the weather; if you never get wet, cold, exhausted or scared, you won’t properly appreciate being dry, warm, rested and safe.” ~ Peter Jay

"I’m an adventuring river rat at heart. Put me on a floating piece of driftwood and I’m happy." ~ Christina Glauner

"There’s folly and foolhardiness on one side and daring and calculation on the other." ~ C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower novels

Monday, June 6, 2011

Pactola Reservoir

Over the weekend I ran the Deadwood-Mickelson Trail Half Marathon. After picking up my race packet on Saturday, I headed towards Silver City and Pactola Reservoir to meet up with some of the Black Hills Paddlers for some paddling and grilling. I arrived at the Jenny Gulch put in just in time to haul boats back to Silver City for the grilling/picnic.

After some great food and BSing, I headed back to Jenny Gulch to do some solo paddling on Pactola. Not too much to report. I spent about a hour on the water and came across a couple of recreation paddlers. I also explored where Rapid Creek feeds the lake. The scenery was beautiful and the part of the lake I stayed in was a no wake zone. If I was in the Black Hills just for paddling I would have stayed longer and paddled more of the lake, but I didn't want to wear myself out.

The half marathon went well too. I met my goal of finishing in under 2 hours. My stats for the race were:
overall place:236 out of 1791
division place:17 out of 51
gender place:156 out of 554

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