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Consider my run on Doctor Park, a popular ride south of town in the Taylor River valley. We started up a rugged Jeep road, our legs loosening as our lungs adapted to the oxygen deficient air. At the top of the hill, we were rewarded with a smooth path leading into a thick piumini moncler scontatissimi forest of Douglas firs, pines and spruces. Soon, the trail hit a high, grassy ridge with views of serrated peaks in every direction. Because it was autumn, the hillsides were ablaze with the burnt yellow of golden aspen leaves. Add in the runner’s high, and we were all giddy. The descent ramped up that euphoria. moncler uomo It was the kind of run where your feet work independently of your brain and your body moves moncler donna in sync with the world around it, everything operating exactly as nature intended.
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