Wednesday, October 30, 2019

On the Road Again

One of the earliest posts, from way back in 2011, was about a challenge I set for myself. In
Walking the Walk I revealed that, although I had advocated for the building of the Oakland Mills Walgreen’s by touting its easy availability on foot, I hadn’t actually ever walked there.

So, I did.

On a crisp, clear morning on the 31st of October I laced up my shoes, zipped up my jacket, and put down my fear.

(Starting Time)
Home:  9:36
Sohap: 9:43
Walgreen's:  9:49
Walgreen's 10:04
Sohap:  10:10
Home:  10:16

I realized yesterday that I have another challenge looming. During the time that the Oakland Mills Dunkin’ Donuts business was in the works (and that was a really long time) I told people that I had decided that I would only get a donut there if I walked both ways. You know, as a way to “justify” the extra calories. Well, I’ve been to the new Dunkin’ about four times so far. The number of times I have walked?


It’s time for a little public accountability, methinks. 

Are there some walks you’ve been vowing to take that you just keep putting off? Do you find it easier to hop in the car when a little voice in your head is telling you it wouldn’t be that far on foot? Or are you good at that “leave the car at home” thing? Share your tips.

I know I have friends who have hiked the Appalachian Trail and climbed mountains. That’s cool, admirable even, but I’m not talking about that here. I’m coming at this from someone who has to be persuaded not to move their car when shopping at retail center with a large parking lot. Everyone has to start somewhere.

If you can walk to work in Columbia/HoCo that would be a blog post unto itself.

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