It's been rainy here for the last week. I was planning on going to the gym after work, but when I left for the day the sun was peeking out of the clouds. Thoughts of walking on a treadmill within a artificially-lit building flew out the window. I did NOT want to be inside!
Before I left the parking lot I tried to think of outdoor places I could walk. Many of the park trails I use aren't paved, so they'd be a muddy mess (and not worth it). Then I remembered the asphalt trail I'd seen paralleling Manchester Road in Wildwood, a city several miles west of where I was. I decided to try it out.
When we moved to the city of Manchester 25 years ago the area that's now Wildwood was predominantly farm land. Now there's quite a bit of development, but they've made an effort to keep the green space, too. I wasn't sure where the trail started, but when I saw a black pedestrian bridge over Manchester I knew I was close. I parked the car in a far corner of a strip mall lot, found the trail, and headed west.
The trail was a ribbon of asphalt with not much shade. It would be hot in the summer, but today it was perfect. The sun was in and out of the clouds. A stiff breeze was blowing, which created extra resistance for my exercise. At first I was walking at street level, but eventually the trail sloped up an incline so the trail looked down on the road. There were a couple of streets that intersected the trail, but there was no traffic at any of them so I didn't have to stop. The side of the trail contained the normal roadside and field weeds, but in the distance I saw manicured lawns and dogwoods blooming. Even the critters seemed to be enjoying the nice weather. I spied butterflies flitting among the spring blooms, and a single deer in a clearing.
I walked about a mile and a half, then turned around and backtracked to the starting point. At one spot on the way back no one else was around to see, so I stopped and leaned against a pole to do some triceps presses and a few leg stretches before I continued. That way I could say I did all my exercise, not just the aerobic part.