We headed south on Friday and stopped at Fair Oaks Farm along the way for lunch. After walking around the store and tasting cheese samples we enjoyed lunch. They have a wonderful grilled cheese sandwich that we all had some variety of with a side (soup, salad, etc.). The cheese is made at the farm and it was wonderful....oozy gooey cheese! :) Another item that they are known for is their ice cream...and yes we had a small dish of that for dessert.
In order to walk off some of the cheese, we walked around the farm and headed to the birthing barn. They have a light system outside the barn so you know if a baby animal is being born. The light was green, so we headed in to the barn. There were two cows about to give birth, and it was pretty cool. I admit that I have never seen this before and was grossed out at first, but it was pretty amazing to see how the mother takes care of the calf after it was born. The only down side was the noisy and annoying adults that felt the need to talk despite the "be quiet" signs. And yes, I did shush them as they were so rude.
After watching the birthing, we headed to Nashville and our B & B for the next few days. When we arrived, we were greeted by one of the owners (Tyra). She gave us general information and we headed to our cabin.
We checked out all of the rooms and features of the cabin and chose our resting places for the next few nights. One of the nice features was a hot tub off the back porch! Once we were settled in and checked the TV for the broadcasting of the night's Blackhawks game, we headed out to walk around town.
Nashville is a quiet and quaint town nestled just south of Indianapolis. There is a wide variety of stores and eateries sprinkled throughout the city streets. KB made homemade lasagna a few nights before, so we did not have dinner in town. Rather we enjoyed a nice dinner on the back porch.
|The Wild Olive|
We woke up pretty tired after watching the Hawks pull off a double overtime win the night before to force a game seven. It was a cool morning but based on the weather reports, the heat would start around race time. Once we had our breakfast and made sure we had fluids, off we went to the park.
Upon arriving, we picked up our bibs and shirts and did a light warm up. Bob and I headed to the bathroom before the start, and it is a good thing because there is nothing on a trail run (leaves of three...)!
After some last minute directions (oh yea, the course is long...) from the race director, Bob and I were off. The 5k started approximately 10-15 minutes later, so Vicki and Kathy waved good bye to us as we headed up the first hill. Going to stop here and let you take a gander at the elevation profile for this race...
This was no cake walk...and walk I did. The hills at miles 1 and 4 were intense and tough. Miles 2-3 I hung behind an older gentlemen who had a slower pace, but it was okay because I was still winded from that first climb. We briefly chatted and I know he wanted me to pass him, but I stayed behind to catch my breath and enjoy the scenery. Just before the mile 4 marker, I decided to pass him as there was some area that was a bit open. The trails in general were single track and the ability to move around others was not an easy task, so I had to plan appropriately around the nice man. Once I was past him, I had a little surge of energy and passed a couple on a downhill. This was the first place that I almost hit the dirt, but was able to keep my legs moving and regained my balance. I heard the lady say "that was impressive" to me...and it was. :)
Once I passed this little group and the water station, I realized that there was nobody behind or ahead of me for at least a half mile. It was important for me to stay focused on the trail and not lose footing because it would (a) hurt like hell (b) I would be solo and that would not be a fun walk back. The scenery along this part of the trail was wonderful! I did not have music with me (on purpose), so I was able to enjoy hear the birds singing and the sounds of nature. When I came back to the water station, I joked with the guys about them not having to come find me and there were still folks behind me.
Miles 6-8 was pretty smooth and downhill. Again I just enjoyed the scenery and took my time heading into the finish. Once I hit the 9 mile mark I was excited because I knew I was almost done. Ha! It was almost another mile to the finish and I was now ready to be done. The finish was very confusing and longer than it needed to be (the chute was an odd wrap-around).
Would I do this race again? Yes! For the most part it was organized and a nice course. There are a few things that would be nice to change (e.g. finish chute, registration lines), but you always have that at a race. It will never be perfect. I did not even care that it was longer than planned.
We headed back to our cabin and got cleaned up to head back into town for lunch and some more shopping. I felt like I was the target of one of those Snickers commercials, and if food didn't come quick then someone was in trouble. :) We enjoyed the afternoon of shopping and relaxing at the cabin. We even ventured into the hot tub and enjoyed the peace and quiet. Once we decided on dinner (pizza from one of the local restaurants), we pulled out the Apples to Apples game and had a few good laughs.
After a good night sleep, we packed up the cabin and ventured to a home made breakfast. The hosts greeted us with quite a menu of quiche, bacon gravy and biscuits and orange/almond waffles for breakfast. We exchanged our experiences and snapped some group pictures (Lance is an art teacher at the high school).
After packing the car, we were headed back north to the Valpo area. We decided to stop at Purdue (Bob's alma matter) and walk around the campus (since I had never been there before). We had lunch at the XXX Diner (which was on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives). After eating the Dale Purvis burger, it was time to walk part of it off. It was a beautiful afternoon and the campus was nearly empty for the summer. Once our walk/tour was done, we headed back north.
It was a great weekend and we had a lot fun, but also got the chance to relax!