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Fifty Peaks, State Eleven: Kentucky

On the way home from Nationals a few weeks back, Brent and I made a brief pitstop on the Kentucky-Virginia border.

The place? Black Mountain.

The goal? To get to the top of Kentucky’s highest point.

I wish I could tell you that we injected an extra shot of adventure into our Black Mountain climb (remember our 60-mile bike ride to get to the highest point in Delaware?).

We did pass the historic Lynch Colored Public School en route to Black Mountain - a pretty cool find for this history professor

But we’d finished a 30-hour adventure race less than 24 hours earlier and we had 11 hours of driving ahead of us.  And because the summit is atop an old mining site, we could do little more than drive up the twisty, turny, nausea-inducing road to within eyesight of the top, and walk the final 250 meters to the big ol’ radio tower that marks the spot.

There wasn’t a whole lot of adventure and excitement to be had.

Dozing on the summit

Still, we kept tradition alive, shooting a few incoherent video clips at the top and mugging around for some photos before turning around and heading into Virginia.

This was probably our last high point of 2011, but we’re already gearing up for some excitement in 2012.

We’re eyeing a four-high point road trip over spring break, bookended by a twelve-hour race on either end… which could bring us to as many as three 12-hour races and one 48-hour race in the month of March.

Holy adventure, batman!


13 responses to “Fifty Peaks, State Eleven: Kentucky

  1. Kate October 31, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Hey, the “highest point” (which is hardly an impressive height) in Missouri is in an area with a couple really cool state parks. You should make a road trip this way next year. 🙂

  2. RunToTheFinish October 31, 2011 at 8:36 am

    that would be one heck of a spring break… I’m still thinking europe would be good 🙂

  3. misszippy1 October 31, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Sometimes, even the most bad-ass must take it easy! Looks like it was worth the car ride, though. March sounds awesome!

  4. kari @ Running Ricig October 31, 2011 at 9:41 am

    You guys are so fun. After that adventure race, I probably would have just gone home and slept for a week.

  5. Johann October 31, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I think it is great that you still went through the trouble to get to the summit. I can relate to the “nausea-inducing road”. I get car sick very easily. I love the way you think about 2012. Awesome adventures ahead!

  6. Kara October 31, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Even if it wasn’t an adventure, it sure was pretty on top of that mountain! I love fall colors!

  7. Sarah S @RunningOnWords October 31, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Wow, that sounds like some March! Nice job hitting another peak, even if it was less eventful.

  8. mallory November 1, 2011 at 8:55 am

    I love this goal of yours. I think it’s pretty awesome!!

  9. Jill November 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Definitely not ideal body conditions to the peak in KY but you did it and the leaves were just gorgeous!! Very cool school, too!

    I hope your quad-state peak includes Colorado (CO, NM, UT, and NV, by chance? You can even stand in all four corners at once!! :)).

  10. Julie C Martinez November 1, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Hey Abby!! You’re one step ahead of me! I’ve passed that sign a few times for Black Mountain but never stopped! Aren’t the trees amazing looking this time of year in KY!?

  11. Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner November 3, 2011 at 8:21 am

    It looks gorgeous! Although you obviously should have covered that 250 by walking on your hands. Much more adventure, ha! Your March is shaping up to be an insane one, good luck!

  12. mallory November 3, 2011 at 11:34 am

    An Ambassador, from my understanding, basically gets free entry in the agreement to be a promoter of the race at local expos in your area. I think it sounds like a lot of fun 🙂

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