Luckily the weather cooperated for the worlds, and they've had 10 good tasks and a safe week of flying. After watching all the pilots launch and fly out to a huge gaggle, I changed into running clothes and headed down the mountain to continue my X-Alps training. Of course it's possible to run right back down the road we drove up, but I was hoping to find a shortcut trail. With all the people around for the competition, someone was able to direct me to the right turnoff, and I found a steep, gravelly trail. It frequently had trail splits but they always seemed to meet up again, and within three miles I was back down on the valley floor. It was HOT...I was running in mid afternoon and looking for shade trees to get a respite. Total distance to the center of Roldanillo was less than 7 miles, making it a lot shorter for walking than the road to launch.
|The gaggle flying past Los Tanques launch above Roldanillo|