I headed out without a plan or route in mind. I wanted to try and get the 10 miles on my plan done but wasn't sure if I would. I went ahead an packed my water belt with Gu and a cold bottle of water. I went from my hotel to Bathhouse Row. There was a nice shade along the front of the bath houses and all the park service staff were out cleaning and doing yard work.
I ran for a little while and encountered a Y intersection. There was a sign nearby that contained a map for one of the tourist bus stops. I stopped and tried to figure out where I was on the map so that I could figure out a route. Thankfully a cafe worker came by and showed me where we were. She directed me back the way I had come from to the Arlington Hotel where I could take Fountain Street to a loop road that I could run on. This road is a 3 mile one-way road that leads to the Hot Springs Mountain Tower. That was definitely a new experience which included almost 1 1/2 miles of an uphill climb to the top. I wasn't very fast on the climb but I did make it to the top and the view was worth it.
|This is a view from my hotel to the Mountain Tower.|
|After that hill, I enjoyed the flat road along Bathhouse Row|
|In my defense, this sign did not face the street side so I totally missed it.|
|Free water stops throughout the town.|