By the time you are reading this, Koloman Erway’s 84-mile (we hope) run will be history. Regardless if he runs 10, 20, 40 or all 84 miles, Koloman is a hero and has our respect and admiration.
And not just because of his trail running attempt, but for his life’s journey, of which I don’t feel as I am privy to discuss at this time. If you are truly interested — and you should be — the story will probably be forthcoming at some point.
I believe only a very few in our trail club actually know Koloman, but he has surely been on our minds as we have been trying to whip the STS into shape for this epic run. I think it’s safe to say that Kol has just gained maybe 30 to 40 new friends — maybe 300 by the time all of our members hear his story.
We in the trail crew have a new quip, thanks to one of our maintainers: “After clearing a section and as I was getting into my vehicle to head home, I thought I heard a tree fall.” Boy, that about sums it up.
When you have a trail traversing an area of about 262,000 acres, and almost entirely through big timber, you naturally are going to have a tree fall at a given time. Of course the STS doesn’t run through all of those acres, but it certainly touches a good many of them.
As we have stated many a time, this trail is a backcountry footpath, and not a walk-in-the-park, so it won’t resemble a jog down a rail-trail or around Central Park.
We have decided to hold a monthly meeting at least one more time, as September is usually fair enough weather-wise to be outside. It will again be held at the Lyman Lake pavilion, on Saturday, Sept. 12, and will again be a combination picnic-style and dish-to-pass dinner at noon, with the meeting to follow around 1 p.m. Burgers and hot-dogs will be grilled and sloppy joe makings will be provided. We urge the use of masks and distancing.
The COVID-19 and a few other factors have slowed our progress on the Camp Lane improvement project and the new trail shelter at Bolich Run, but they are still on our to-do list. The road improvement is important so we can get the pickup trucks with trailer loads of materials back to Bolich to do our building.
Fall is sometimes great working weather and that’s all we can hope for. The shelters go up in two to three days, so we should be able to work that in. We don’t try to hurry that work, which gives us more campfire time. There’s no such thing as too much campfire time.
Hikers and backpackers should really like this shelter location — it has a small meadow which we intend to keep mowed, so there will be plenty of space for tents, and there’s a nice small stream nearby for water supply.