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Discussion: I need to find a new place ...

in: stever; stever > 2020-03-21

Mar 22, 2020 11:18 AM # 
I need to find a new place to jog.

Hit the nail on the head, not just for crowd avoidance but also to get some variety. And that, instead of the same old same old dead flat loop around the reservoir, would be a lot more fun. Yeah, fun. Interesting concept. :-)

For starters, since you didn't run much yesterday, want to join me today? The plan is North Mountain "road" on Mt. Toby, starting at the top of Claybrook, going up to either the power line (1.3 mi) or the left turn (1.5 mi) and then back. I'll try to run the going up part though I expect to walk a few times. Glad to have company, at a distance. Same route Gail and I hiked last Sunday, just not as far. I'd expect a few cars but not many parked at the start. If too many, there are other options. Footing is similar to the dirt road around Whiting Reservoir. Scenery will be all new.

Join me? I'm thinking late morning or early afternoon. Gail and I will go for a hike probably 2 or 3 pm.

Just have to make sure you keep your distance.
Mar 22, 2020 2:12 PM # 
Oooh ... an awesome offer. But ... I already have a different plan for today.

Sunday's are my "log run" day, you know, to build endurance for the shirt attempt, that likely will be cancelled. Normally I've been doing the long days with a combination of HCC and the res. But my car can get to Hurd and back, and so yesterday I printed out the winter series long course. I figure total exercise time will be similar, but Hurd would be *way* more fun.
Mar 22, 2020 2:18 PM # 
Steve - check your email later (no rush) - got a couple questions..
Mar 22, 2020 4:18 PM # 
Reservoir roads and sidewalks: normally a good choice for me to get my wife outside for an amble since she requires a fairly level, paved surface. We anticipated such places would now be jammed with idiots, and you confirm it is so. We have targeted large nearly vacant parking lots for closed stores and shuttered factories where we can spot other walkers at a distance and steer clear. The few people we have encountered on these wide open tarmacs have all been from the informed and intelligent segment of the population, waiving a kind greeting from afar and diverting appropriately.
Mar 23, 2020 8:27 AM # 
For what it's worth, the main thing to avoid is hanging around in close proximity to somebody, and just passing within six feet isn't as big a risk. Also, people who you live with don't count, you're not going to succeed in avoiding them at home anyway, so if those were family groups, then they get a pass. Somewhat.

One secondary effect of this is likely to be a reduction in flu deaths because of the precautions. And maybe a tiny uptick in overall health because people are getting outside for exercise more.
Mar 23, 2020 3:44 PM # 
There is also the aerosol issue. Probably minor when two joggers pass each other, but when trying to maneuver around one of these larger slow-moving or stationary family groups it might be not so minor.

I'm thinking things like running off-trail, or on-trail at popular places only when it's raining, etc. Or like PG, climbing a large hill will quickly weed out a fair percentage of the clueless.

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