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Discussion: Great Falls parking

in: kissy; kissy > 2020-04-05

Apr 5, 2020 11:11 PM # 
peggyd:
FWIW, someone told me she parked on "the road" (no further description) and didn't get a ticket. But I don't know that I'd chance it! There are some side roads -- one very close to the MacA-Falls intersection -- that you can park on, but I wouldn't be sure that the residents wouldn't report you ... :-(
I agree, this is all getting to be so draining.
There was a long thread on my local Neighborhood app that admonished all the runners & bikers for not wearing masks. Now, I cannot fathom running in a mask! Most people either agreed with the OP about masks or reiterated the 6-foot protocol. I'm cool with the latter!
Oh, and, you're right, the northern part of Needwood is not very nice terrain at all. (Though the crap around #3 is the worst, I thought.)
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Apr 6, 2020 2:09 AM # 
bbrooke:
Same -- can't imagine running with a mask, but I'm seeing the same finger-waggers on our local social media pages. Now that our governor has mandated(?) masks, my plan for runs is to have a buff around my neck that I can pull up whenever I pass someone.
Apr 6, 2020 9:52 AM # 
peggyd:
Yes, I too am planning on the buff solution.
And/or obscure trails (which don’t seem to exist anymore around here ... :-(. )
Apr 6, 2020 12:06 PM # 
kissy:
@peggyd - yes, it was after #3 that I decided absolutely not to venture into the northern part of the course.
Apr 6, 2020 3:02 PM # 
jklaughlin:
ugh, running with a mask on!? I would not fair well. No wonder there were less runners out this morning.
Apr 6, 2020 3:23 PM # 
jjcote:
I will wear a bandana to the supermarket, but I'm not going to wear any kind of mask when exercising outdoors (running or cycling). There's a point at which the 0.00001% improvement in safety is not worth the effort. There are too many other higher risks to be addressed first.

I also don't wear a helmet in my car, though I'm sure a decent argument could be made for it.
Apr 6, 2020 8:23 PM # 
bbrooke:
Good points, J-J. ;-)
Apr 6, 2020 9:24 PM # 
jjcote:
And I guess if there was anybody who could make an argument for wearing a helmet in a car...
Apr 7, 2020 2:05 AM # 
bbrooke:
Ha ha!

And -- I've amended my policy after this evening's walk: I'll pull up my mask when I see a mask-wearer approaching. Everyone else just gets a wide berth.
Apr 7, 2020 12:26 PM # 
peggyd:
YES to Brooke’s plan. That is my thinking too.
Apr 7, 2020 12:44 PM # 
kissy:
I wonder if we *were* to inhale some infected droplets while running, that it would be made worse because we are breathing more robustly and the droplets would get lower into the lungs more quickly. That's what I worry about, so I hold my breath when I pass another runner.
Apr 7, 2020 1:58 PM # 
jjcote:
The main threat may not even be inhaling droplets. It may be getting them on your clothes or hands, and then you touch your nose or eyes and absorb them that way.
Apr 7, 2020 3:34 PM # 
JLaughlin:
Exhale when people run by you. Blow away those droplets!
Apr 7, 2020 4:57 PM # 
Cristina:
RW did a thing on wearing a mask while running and The Atlantic has a piece about masks.

Conclusion from the second is that outside is probably not very risky for either giving or getting. So maybe the possible danger from touching your mask to pull it up or down is basically zero, and if it makes other people feel better about being outside then that's a good thing?
Apr 7, 2020 5:39 PM # 
jjcote:
Exhale when people run by you. Blow away those droplets!

Better yet, to really blow them away, try sneezing when you run by!
Apr 7, 2020 6:01 PM # 
fossil:
No kidding. Much of the country is under pollen alert today.

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