Just ask my mother and she will tell you that I have never liked roller coasters. I’m your merry-go-round, penny arcade, “please let me do the bumper cars” sort of a gal. So when the guide book called a 13.5 mile stretch of the trail “The Roller Coaster”, I tried to keep an open mind but I wasn’t hopeful. 13.5 miles with 12 substantial ups and downs. Hmmm…where are those bumper cars!
Here is the sign we ran into just before we began.
We were not encouraged! What ensued was 10 grueling hours in 90+ degrees on some of the rockiest terrain we have encountered! We hiked 14 miles that day but it felt like 20!
The good news is that we have lived to tell the tale and we never have to do it again!
Now, if they name a part of the trail the “Penny Arcade” – that could be fun. I imagine it would be relatively flat and full of trail whimsy. How much fun would that be?