I am getting to the point, which happens before every big race, where I start to focus exclusively on that upcoming event. In this case, the KTR is up next. And what a wonderful beast it is. 142 miles, no support, deserts, mountains, red rock and a very cool mojo that permeates the route.
Kokopelli was the ancient god of fertility, mischief, good fortune and a host of other things. If any or all of that is true, it can be found on the trail named for him. There is rich history in the Moab-Fruita area, and the KT traverses that history in both literal and figurative ways.
We racers are not the first to use the desert and mountains for our personal vision quests…the ancient ones have preceded us, left a path, and now we follow suit. The motivation behind each racer is as varied, and as primal as the terrain we will climb over, under and around.
But in the end, I think it is the same thing we seek…