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Discussion: walking?

in: GlenT; GlenT > 2020-03-18

Mar 20, 2020 7:13 AM # 
o-maps:
I was confused about whether this outing was biking or walking, until I realized Walking is part of the park name.

This is all so surreal, isn't it? So glad we took our winter trip south/west. And that J-J and Clint convinced me to join them at the QOC Stumble on Feb. 29, that is looking like it will be my the last O-event for a long time. I think this is going to be months/years, not days/weeks, before things shake out, and am seriously doubting that California in July will happen. But am playing it one day at a time, trying to keep up the reasonably good condition I got myself in during the the winter and not lose motivation. Good to see you and Janet and many other folks striving to do the same. It's at least as important for the mental health as it is for the physical health.
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Mar 20, 2020 3:31 PM # 
JanetT:
Walking Purchase, or how Penn scammed the Lenapes

As introverts, we're managing the social distancing part pretty well, but still find a need to get outside in nature. I'm walking more often now since I don't have other scheduling conflicts.

I'm with you thinking Cal O'Fest will be postponed, but we can only wait and see.
Mar 20, 2020 5:57 PM # 
GlenT:
It was actually one of William Penn’s sons involved in the scam, as Penn had already died before 1737. A case of applied ultrarunning - the “walker” covered about 70 miles in 1.5 days with the benefit of a cleared path through the forest, to claim much more land than the Lenapes expected.

I’m not sure why they named the park after the event, although the walker did pass through or near the land. It seems (not surprisingly) that there was some controversy about the name when it was adopted. The park itself is undeveloped except for 10 miles or so of mountain bike trails built (with permission) by a local mountain biking club. There’s a sign which says “Walking Purchase Park” but no indication of the origin of the name.

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