I stop to get a few pictures of the balloon and my friends chase after a roadrunner. He quickly takes flight to escape his predicament which is rare, because these ground dwelling birds usually don't fly as they can run up to 18 mph. The greater roadrunner is my favorite bird because we both like to run along desert roads and trails. Unlike me, though, the roadrunner never needs to drink (although they will) but gets all the moisture it needs from the reptiles it catches and eats. I wish I didn’t have to drink as my 3 liter camelback is starting to feel heavy on my shouders.
After a 7.5 mile run we head back the other direction. The wind is behind us now and we start to warm up. A peaceful morning is had by all as we finish up our 15 mile river ramble.