Saturday, January 3, 2009
Many moons have passed since Bob Gentile's arrival in the frigid North, and it appears as if the frigid North has forced Gentile into hibernation. The latest report from sources who spoke on the condition of anonimity due to the delicate nature of the subject, was that a Bob-siting may take place today on the roads of Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, somewhere in the vicinity of the Triumph residence. So, in the hope of catching a once in a lifetime glimpse of the famous recluse, IRunUltras.com hit the road early this AM for the roads and trails of Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, where Tom Triumph and Doug Vaughn would lead the expedition in search of Bob Gentile (well, there was also a promise of Therese Triumph's famous homemade chili that caught our attention).
The start of the search for Bob at Tom's house featured IRunUltras.com author Anthony, Doug Vaughn, and Tom. We would spend 45 minutes prior to the start of the run looking for Bob, wondering if he would peek his head from his winter hole, like Punxsutawney Phil emerging to let all know if spring is on its way. Alas, Bob was nowhere to be found.
Perhpas the rumors of Bob's reclusive lifestyle were true ? Perhpas, distraught by the change in climate from his native state of Florida, he simply went into the New Jersey wild, to join a sloth of bears. We would wait at the bear crossing for several minutes, but Bob was nowhere to be found.
We would traverse roads, trails, snow and ice. We would cross streams and bridges. Still, Bob was nowhere to be found.
We searched near and far, high and low, hoping for a score a picture with Bob.
Hours into our trek we became weak. Hungry and thirsty, our only hope to continue the search for Bob was to somehow, somewhere find aid. How about an aid station, courtesy of the amazing Therese Triumph !
Nearly 3 hours into our journey, Tom would suffer a search-ending knee injury. Doug would continue to cover nearly 27 miles of ground, all with no sign of Bob. Our guides would, however, lead us to a residence with some funky stone sculptures erected all throughout its property. We still do not understand why one would do this to their vast green yard, yet, we were mesmerized by the alien-like objects, especially the large stone testicle. A slide-show of the stone-work is below.
Rumors abound about Bob's whereabouts. Did he actually DNF his vacation, and return early to the warmth of Florida ? Or, did he cross the finish line at Newark Airport on his scheduled departure date ? IRunUltras.com will be sure to let its loyal readers know as more details emerge. Oh...the chili was amazing !!!