At the summit I hit the spigot to reload my bottles and started walking back. Coming around the bush behind which the spigot is hidden I saw some of my running buddies who had come up out of Chantry for a point to point run ending at Eaton Canyon nature center - same as my return trip. So I started to run back with them, having disclaimed that I might be walking back depending on how the calf felt. Much to my surprise the prima-donna calf felt fine running downhill. I completed the 20 mile circuit in 4:15...we took our time on the descent. Two of my 3 friends were nursing injuries so no one was racing today. The last mile was flat (in Eaton Canyon park) and the calf felt fine in contrast to the sharpness I'd experienced running flats in the first half of this excursion. Go figure! This is the second time a persistent calf strain has been worked out by a long (10 mile) walk (first time being the March walk up Mt Wilson, 2 weeks before Leona Divide)...must be that its the equivalent of a really good deep tissue massage session (that lasts 2 1/2 hours!).
Here are the guys at the end of the run at the Nature Center:
Tommorrow I plan to do Sam Merrill to Idlehour, an 18 mile out and back.