Once safely across the road, the majestic deer stops and peers at me from a distance. I try my best to get a good shot, but my little point and shoot just isn’t cutting it. Pronghorn are a native species that once roamed the plains of the west in the millions until most were slaughtered in the 19th century. They are the second fastest mammal (cheetah is fastest) and live a solitary life until the winter, when they band together in large herds.
Daniel Lieberman of Harvard says, “Antelopes and cheetahs sprint as fast as 65 miles an hour but not for very long. There are reports of African and Native American hunters who could run their prey to exhaustion…”
PETA would be all over this thing, but in the name of science? We would even let the exhausted animal go after the race and have the usual bagels and bananas for our post race meal.
|That little dot is my truck|
Butterfield Stage Route ran from St Louis to San Francisco which gives me another idea for an ultramarathon. Are you in?
See you on the trail.