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The phrase “seeing the elephant” was widely used in late 1800s America throughout the Civil War, Gold Rush, and Westward Expansion in reference to gaining experience of the world at a significant cost.
We are now advanced on our trip about 200 miles and in all this trip I have not seen the ‘Elephant.’ I am told, however, that he is ahead, and if I live, I am determined to see him.
“To see the elephant” became the expression for suffering a severe ordeal, facing one’s worst expectations, overcoming the meanest realities; in a word, knowing the Truth.
This weekend I will return to race the IMTUF 100+ mile race north of McCall, Idaho. Last year I ran the clockwise version of the course – it alternates each year. That day I felt “good, but not great,” and barely managed a podium finish.
This is a trying time to the men and horses. I have just been to get grass, and got up to my ‘tother end’ in mud..First glimpse of the Elephant. ~George Bonniwel
I am seeking the elephant. I want to better my performance and push in a way that I haven’t since my Wasatch 100 finish in 2015.
If you’d like to follow along, I will carry a satellite tracker. Race starts Saturday morning, September 16 2017, at 6am MDT. Estimated times and aid stations are on the map.
Now methinks I see the elephant with unclouded eyes. ~Joseph Wood