Please make sure to read the previous two posts, as I posted them all around the same time.
Early on in Sam's trek, he and Brock ran into a guy named Paul Pomeroy who was running in the opposite direction. (My memory brings me back to when Sam ran the Appalachian Trail. He saw so many people on the trail and was so recognizable - as the only guy with a shaved head and definitely the only guy running the trail - that he earned the nickname "Flash" from his fellow hikers. But I digress...)
Unknown to the crew before meeting up, Paul was attempting to set the trail speed record going south to north, instead of north to south. A day later Paul set the trail record of 8 days, 12 hours, 14 minutes, .05 seconds. We know this because Paul posted a comment under the "Day 4" blog entry.
It must be said - this is a truly amazing accomplishment... congratulations Paul! Paul was extremely gracious on the trail and we wish him nothing but the best. It takes an amazing degree of physical preparation and (more importantly) mental fortitude to do what Paul did, and the irony of Sam and Paul's meeting is only reinforced by the uniqueness of their amazing abilities. Ahem... even though we're still rooting bigtime for Sam to break Paul's 2-day old record, Paul deserves a ton of credit for this feat.
Nicely done, my man, and keep in touch.