I was not able to be part of Diane Van Deren’s cheering squad but for a few minutes, I was. And so were the Carolina Mountain Club hikers who did the Coffee Pot Mountain Loop.
Diane is an ultra runner who is running the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. She’s trying to beat the record that Matt Kirk established of 24 days. She started at Clingmans Dome on Thursday May 10. For the last couple of days, she ran through CMC territory. She has a compelling story which you can read at the Great Outdoor Provision Co., one of her sponsors.
I, on the other end, plodded up Coffee Pot with several other CMC members. We reached the Blue Ridge Parkway at Beaver Dam Gap Overlook and had lunch at the picnic table.
While we were eating, who should come down but Diane and one of her helper, a WNC top runner? According to the schedule on the web, she ended up at Pisgah Inn last night and was scheduled to run to the Folk Art Center.
We applauded as the two women came down. I was able to get a couple of pictures taken and off they went.
And so did we. We went down Trace Ridge Trail, crossing the stream several times. Mountain laurel were in bloom and so were many wildflowers, including firepinks.
A good hike with a great surprise.