This afternoon I bagged Valle Crucis Park and treated myself to a long run on the old Watauga River Rd. instead. If you take the River Rd and start where the pavement turns to gravel and go to the intersection of Long Ridge Rd, it measures exactly 2 miles. From Long Ridge to the old mill and spillway site adds another mile. From the beginning to Hubert Thomas Rd is approximately 6 miles total. Because the route follows the river it is not only flat, but cool and scenic. I saw two other joggers, a handful of bikers, a walker, many cows, several farm dogs and a dead snake as I eased on down the road. Nope, I didn't run with my camera in hand. I haven't figured how to do that one yet ( but I am working on it ). Instead, I drove my Jeep up and down the road using my trip meter to measure distances. This scene is typical of Watauga River Rd. No special effects here either. I stopped down my aperature to something like f22 to make the sunburst effect. I also used a bit of on-camera fill-flash to help fill in just a bit of shadows--but that is asking alot from to flash to compete with the sun.