<--- Marcus (10th or 11th R2R2R) and Joseph - jammin' along.
After Marcus and Joseph kept up a little faster pace up the N. Rim, I was more than happy to hang with Jeron the rest of the way - we separated for a while but met up again back at the Supai Tunnel. He had a very short-lived "suffer-climb" those last few miles of the North (I think a lot of us did, to be totally honest -myself included.) and recovered quickly and was back in business for the trip to the S Rim. I think we were both just happy to enjoy the day and no need to hammer through it too hard (and pay the price on the climb out). Got pretty hot as we headed back down N Kaibab, and instead of running ALL the way to Phantom Ranch we shifted to hike mode from Cottonwood on down. It had to be 100 degrees in the inner canyon.
Total time was slightly over 18 hrs. (Marucs and Joseph rocked it in about 15 1/2 hours). Took about 7 hrs 30 min to reach the N Rim and took our sweet time coming back. While I was going to shower at the campground afterwards and crash in the back of my car (happily), these guys were super-generous and offered to let me rinse off at their lodge (and even offered an extra bed they weren't using - how cool was that? WAY cool.) I owe them a round or two of drinks!! Marcus, Joseph, and Jeron - you guys rock!
Half way. At the N Kaibab Trailhead for 15 min of rest, my PB&J and time to head back! Only 24 hot miles to go!
Jeron headed down N. Kaibab towards the Pumphouse.
Done! And Tired!