There's a 2 mile loop from my house and behind the high school that takes me to a small patch of woods. I walk most of the 2 miles through suburbia just for that 1/2 mile piece of peace. There's a stream and often deer and plenty of birds and it's my own sanctuary that I escape to whenever the weather is fine and the day provides me with some free time. I love crunching on the piles of leaves and maneuvering over the roots and twigs. The unspoiled nature of nature is my walking meditation.
I emerged today from a few weeks of very cold temps to find a lovely mid-40s day. Wayne was out showing houses and I had opted to do some work from home, so I laced up my sneakers and headed for my favorite place.
And they paved it.
Just like that, when I wasn't looking, they dumped asphalt on my paradise.
Optimistic me says it's going to make it easier to run or bike. But for now, I miss my old dirt patch.