February 27, 2011
My journey started in downtown Memphis shortly after noon. As I left the Claridge House the weather outside was beautiful; 52°F, clear, and sunny. I began by heading north on Main St and then made my first turn towards the east on to A.W.Willis Ave. After about a mile this street turned into North Parkway and took me the rest of the way to midtown. At Watkins I cut over to the V&E Greenline and headed towards my first stop.
After collecting some stashed rations I was headed east on the V&E Greenline again. I followed it to the end at Springdale and then went south through Hein Park towards Sam Cooper Blvd. I ran one mile east along Sam Cooper then turned south on Tillman to reach the Shelby Farms Greenline. This was my favorite part of the run with over eight miles of paved paths leading to my second stop at the Shelby Farms visitors center.
Leaving the visitors center I headed east around patriot lake to the Tour de Wolf Trail. This multi-use mountain bike trail provided some interesting changes in terrain as I headed toward Germantown Parkway. I followed twists and turns until the path went south; my goal was to the east so I left the trail. After a short stretch of shiggy I found a service road and Germantown Parkway. I was glad to be out of the woods, but I was close to Walnut Grove and needed to run three more miles to reach Dexter and my final stop.
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Points of Interest
|First Stop||34 mins||3.8 miles|
|Second Stop||2 hr 32 mins||15.7 miles||Final Stop||3 hrs 37 mins||21.7 miles|