Disclaimer - What follows is a re-creation of our adventure, and anyone who knew Ron as a runner or tennis player will certainly recognize that the legs shown are not Ron's! As a gift to Ron, my friend and colleague Jeff Jasperse from Pepperdine helped me recreate this outing, with photography by Steven McClurg. Click on the pictures for enlarged versions.
In Search of the 713
A typical beginning of a trail run - Ron leading and no doubt chatting while I focus on keeping up. We had followed the not-so-straightforward directions to the trail head, but saw no signs or markers.
It was not very long before we came to a fork in the trail - decision time!
Well, the EIL was not what we were looking for, nor was it anything that we had ever heard of before, so after a moment, we jumped the rock in the middle of the right fork and headed out.
Well, after about 500 feet and a couple of turns, the trail ended. Note that Ron would not concede that this was leading nowhere and that I was ready to turn back! After a bit of bushwacking, Ron agreed that perhaps the EIL trail was going nowhere.
So, we returned to the original fork in the trail, and within a few moments, we were both laughing out loud.
The mystery of the EIL Trail was solved!! And we headed out on the 713 for a memorable run that will always be referred to as "The E-I-L."