Grumpily, I arrived, after a $32 taxi ride, at a quirky inn in West Duluth. I had picked it not for its questionable reviews but because it claimed to be located near several trails. However, the desk clerk had a look of confusion when I asked about the Superior hiking trail. He had no idea (it is less than a half mile away!).
Fortunately, the trails were easy to find. I ventured out at five am to find a plethora. On day one, I chose the Western Waterfront Trail, a graveled path that wound along the St. Louis River, some fancy waterfront homes, a sewage treatment plant, and a campground. It was empty of people, and the holy grail, flat! I could run along at a decent pace and actually look around.
I returned to the Waterfront trail the next day for my run, but managed to squeeze in a short hike on the Superior Hiking Trail. My access began behind a zoo and I was immediately transfi xed by the surroundings.
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