Having a #park wih #critters near to where I #worked made #lunchbreaks #restorative, which became essential. Once full #lunchbreaks became a thing of the past (#micromanaging new #manager) the #job became more #stressful. #WorkFromHome put back #WorkLifeBalance. #Company wants a return to the #office. I don't. The changes to a strong #moneygrabbing focus leaves me cold.
#nature #wildlife #squirrel #greysquirrel #animals #outdoors #publicspaces #walk #walking #downtime #relax #freshair #work
"Cycling is one of the most sustainable and healthy means of #transport that exists, yet cycling remains under-prioritized in the mobility mix in most places around the world and in the wider #climate agenda.
"The potential for #cycling (and #walking) to help address #ClimateChange is huge and within our grasp." —Jill Warren, chief executive of the European Cyclists’ Federation https://www.forbes.com/sites/tanyamohn/2023/12/04/the-climate-mouse-that-roars-cyclists-take-on-cop28/
#transportation #ClimateCrisis #ClimateHope #BikeTooter #bicycling #Bikes
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On Cloudneo are shoes that you rent, rather than own. They are designed for running but you can also use them for walking. They are designed for dry, warm weather, rather than wet. They are designed to last from three months to six months depending on how quickly you wear them out. They are brilliantly white when new, but within two or three runs they lose their luminescence.
Circular – Use – Reuse
These shoes are designed to reduce the carbon footprint of the shoes we wear. They are made from beans, rather than petroleum based products. Once you’re done with a pair you send it back to the manufacturer, so that they are grounded back down and turned into a new pair of shoes. In theory you never own them. In practice they are just extremely easy to recycle.
Comfort When Running
I have run with them in heavy rain, sunny weather, through grass, mud and a river that was running down a road. I was so used to the trail glove 7 that I had to get used to normal shoes, and the difference in the feel and centre of gravity. I found that with these shoes my ankles rolled on uneven terrain. I attribute this to being used to barefoot shoes, rather than a design flaw.
With some running shoes I notice that I feel knee strain if I run too hard, or after a certain distance. I find that with these shoes my knees feel okay. I have run five or more kilometres several times.
Slippery when Wet
The shoes are designed for warm, dry weather so when you’re running in Switzerland, over slippery surfaces you will slip and show that you were a snowboarder or skier multiple times. They’re sub-optimal for rainy and muddy conditions. When it’s raining water will make its way through to your socks within seconds or minutes. The one advantage with these shoes is that they’re made from such minimal material that if they get wet they dry by themselves overnight, ready for the next day. Shoes that dry quickly don’t need to be waterproof because they dry fast.
Although they are not marketed or purposed as walking shoes I have used them on a variety of walks. They felt good until I tightened the laces. I could feel a pressure point where I had accidentally flipped the lace around. When I identified that this was the problem they were more comfortable to wear, once again. When I run up and down the stairs in this building they’re quieter than other shoes.
Although the shoes are mediocre to bad in mud they are very easy to brush clean once you get home after a run or walk. This is important to me. In Autumn, Winter and Spring shoes can get very muddy. The lack of tread that makes them bad in the wet makes them great for cleaning. A few brush strokes and they’re clean, ready for walking indoors.
These shoes are designed to last for about 600 kilometres, as are most shoes, so if you run or walk a lot you will replace them sooner than every six months. After 45 days of use, but without a clear idea of distance, although at least 75 kilometres the only signs of wear are a slight loss of tread on the front of the shoe, and a discoloration on the rest of the shoe. Running in muddy and flooded conditions has that effect on shoes. If you walk and run 240 kilometres per month you will replace them within three months.
If you replace your shoes after three months they have cost you 105 CHF. If you replace them after six months they have cost 210 CHF. The more you walk and run in them, the sooner they need to be replaced, and the more rational they are to own.
At the moment Cloudneo shoes are designed for running on asphalt, rather than mud or gravel. They’re good on dry surfaces but tend to slip on painted road surfaces and slick mud. If it’s raining your feet will get wet although despite running in 6°c temperatures my feet did not get cold.
I walk eight kilometres per day. This comes to 720 kilometres every three months. If I replace my shoes every three months then I go through four pairs of shoes per year. By using the Neocloud shoes for walking and running the shoes that I used for three months are recycled and reused for the same purpose.
You have a month to see that the shoes fit. They prefer for you to test them for fit indoors, so that the shoes do not get dirty as this would result in them being recycled too early, rather than reused by someone without recycling. The minimum contract duration after the one month trial is six months which comes to 210 francs. If you use one pair per six months they cost that to own. If you replace them after three months this falls to 105 Francs.
It doesn’t bother me that shoes are not weatherproof but it does bother me that the sole doesn’t have grip on wet and muddy surfaces. Yesterday I slid several times walking out of the village. With other shoes I wouldn’t. They need to provide shoes that are good in wet and muddy conditions so that this becomes a year round solution, rather than in good road conditions.
These shoes are not worth 210 CHF, and at 105 CHF they’re still expensive compared to other options. I feel that this is a six month experiment, to experience high end running shoes but that when I can I will end the contract.
Today I have plenty of #plans to #abandon. Letters not to write. #Chocolate to melt and … I think I may just go back to sleep with a #cat I don’t have and #chant #softly to the #ghosts of Scroogle the searching engine of Christmas gruel passed … :byebrows:
From the bus station at the landward end of the urban archipelago that is #Venice to the southeast end at St. Helen Empress, it's only 4.5 km as the seagull flies. But walking the streets, bridges and piazzas as I've been doing all afternoon, it is very very very much not possible to keep to a straight line. Oh my poor legs!
(The dotted blue route on the map is a notional shortest one that I certainly did not follow.)
Putting this out into the fediverse…
Can any #walking mastonauts (UK based) recommend women’s leather walking boots with a roomy toe box please? I’m looking for all leather to replace existing winter boots (knackered & actually not roomy enough on long walks). Tried everything in one local store. Most comfortable for toes were Meindl Bhutan (my spring/summer boots are also Meindl & like wearing slippers) but Bhutan too high in ankle for me. I have difficult feet! Thank you 🙏
Capturing the beauty of morning stillness
The NC500 or Applecross Road... #Scotland #europe #roadtrip #art #photography
Todays #wallart #memory or tomorrows #travel #inspiration
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#AYearForArt #love #life #mastoart #mastodon #poetry #politics #culture #ai #christmas #gift #fediart #climate #birds #nature #wildlife #cat #dogs #walking
“So with up to three or four people, walking allows these moments of shared solitude. For solitude too can be shared, like bread and daylight."
"Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends."
-- Gandalf, FotR, J.R.R. Tolkien
Earning the Warmth
Through the windowwe could see how far away it was to the gates of April.Let the fire nowput on its red hatand sing to us.— Mary Oliver, November
November comes to an end, and just like that, December is at our doorstep. The ambient light of incandescent and LED bulbs make total darkness an impossibility in most cities and suburbia now. The decoratio
#Seasons #GardenAndHome #Pets #Poetry #Walking #MaryOliver
Excerpt from the abstract: ”— Results suggest that each kilometer driven by car incurs an external cost of €0.11, while cycling and walking represent benefits of €0.18 and €0.37 per kilometer. Extrapolated to the total number of passenger kilometers driven, cycled or walked in the European Union, the cost of automobility is about €500 billion per year. Due to positive health effects, cycling is an external benefit worth €24 billion per year and walking €66 billion per year. —”
Picard: “An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study includes this chilling statistic: If you are struck by a vehicle turning right, the odds of death are 89 per cent higher if it’s a pickup, and 63 per cent higher if it’s an SUV. Deaths are just the tip of the iceberg. Many more pedestrians are injured in collisions. This often occurs because drivers are distracted, or rushing.” https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-banning-right-turns-on-red-would-be-a-step-forward-for-pedestrian/ #walking #ottawalkers #autowa
Langford Run - a tributary of Darby Creek, PA
Passing by a small tributary while tenkara fishing. I never fished this tributary🤔
Lots of gravels and rocks without much water. But I know there are some pools upstream that have small fish 😉
I also realized that I never checked the temperature of this tributary during summer. Considering that this confluence is a good fishing spot, the water may be colder than the main stream 🤔
I had a good legstretch today. Got the bus to Churston (near Brixham) then walked to beautiful Elberry Cove before heading back inland, following the Greenway Walk to Agatha Christie’s Greenway House. Ferry across to Dittisham (very nice ferryman quietly took boat past the seal hanging out on a pontoon) & then along the Dart Valley Trail to Dartmouth, & my bus home. About 11 miles in all. Back in front of a computer tomorrow so glad to make the most of the ☀️.
#Walking #Devon #GetOutside
Kinzel Lake: Camping Day 3
Finished my trip by hiking up to Kinzel Lake via the Salmon River Trail. The Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness is an amazing place, can’t believe I haven’t hiked in this area before. Will definitely go back as there are other trails to explore. Very successful camping trip despite the freezing temps. So happy to be able to camp this late in fall.
Auto ads sell a mythical world of open roads and all the speed the vehicle can produce. But we don't allow cigarette ads any more because we know smoking causes cancer. We know speed causes death on impact. Is it (past) time to regulate auto ads? Kea Wilson in Streetsblog: https://usa.streetsblog.org/2023/11/22/fed-panel-wants-to-confront-the-role-of-aggressive-auto-advertising-in-u-s-road-deaths
#CarCulture #RoadSafety #DriverNotCar #CrashNotAccident #transportation #VisionZero #TowardZeroDeaths #KeaWilson #StreetsBlog #BikeTooter #walking #SafetyOverSpeed
Salmon Butte: Camping Day 2
Hiked up the Salmon Butte Trail. Then, I explored an abandoned trail and a 4x4 road past the butte. The crisp air is amazing this time of year. I can’t believe I’m surviving (not bailing) the near and below freezing temps. Using a handmade quilt on top of my sleeping bag. Plenty warm. I highly recommend this trail. Awesome views at the top.
“I visited this town precisely in the same month, one hundred years after he stayed here. The short, flat, and pleasant three-kilometer walk I had just taken from Roncesvalles is the only part of the Camino Hemingway has ever walked.”
Devil’s Peak: Camping Day 1
Hiked up to Devil’s Peak via the Hunchback Trail. I made a mistake and didn’t read the comments. There were significant piles of giant downed trees to climb over and around. Mount Hood looked beautiful from the top. Made it a loop on the way back by going down Green Canyon Way and then exploring the Old Salmon River Trail. Had an amazing time.
Happy Thanksgiving from the summit of Round Top in the Tillamook State Forest! Looking forward to spending the day with family and eating some turkey. If you know me, you know I’m excited to try all of the desserts. Out in the forest making room for all the food. After the festivities, I’m heading to the base of Mount Hood to go camping. Sunny but close to freezing all weekend.
Silver Star Camping: Day 2
From Silver Star, I made a loop via the Starway Trail, various forest roads, Silver Star Trail, and Ed’s Trail. Probably my toughest hike yet. 6,576 elevation, 3,440 active calories, and 20 miles over 9:20 hours. After the hike, I decided to end the trip on a high and go home before a small snow storm rolled in. Very satisfied.
Paris has revealed plans for pedestrianizing the city that include creating 100 hectares of new pedestrian space by 2030 and transforming car lanes to human-friendly pathways and rain gardens.
Love this part: "walking is free, it's emission-free, it's noise-free, it's good for your health and, as we see every time we pedestrianise, it's also good for local businesses."
People-friendly cities for the win! 🚶♀️ 🌳 🚴♂️
Silver Star Camping: Day 1
The area around Silver Star Mountain is incredible. I needed this trip so badly, both physically and mentally. I slept at the trailhead and got up bright and early to check out the Chinook Trail. I only learned about this trail a couple days ago. Apparently an effort to build a loop trail around Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR.
Lael Forest Garden and forest walk.
Rare trees and shrubs in our northernmost arboretum.
“In the 19th century tree hunters travelled the world collecting rare seeds. On their return they would plant them in arboreta – special tree collections – like this one. At Lael, you’ll find exotic species from all over the world. You’ll also find some wonderful champion trees. This is a great spot to discover something new.” #walking #scotland
“Culbin Forest is a pine wood with #wildlife ponds which extends east from Nairn 9 miles along the coast to Findhorn.
The wood is an area of outstanding beauty and a haven for walkers and #nature lovers, as it offers waymarked trails throughout the forest where various species of indigenous flora and fauna and large numbers of visiting birds can easily be spotted.
This fascinating landscape of forest and shore is open all year round.” #walking #scotland
Nov 29, 2023 at noon, via Zoom:
The first Advance Session in preparation for California Bicycle Coalition / #CalBike 2024 California Bicycle Summit. Advance Session is FREE; registration required: https://www.calbike.org/events/california_bicycle_summit/.
Advance Session attendees will get a special discount for the 2024 Summit, which is scheduled for April 18-19, 2024 in #SanDiego, CA.
(Confused by image that displayed? Also at that link are Recorded Sessions from the 2022 California Bicycle Summit held in Oakland.)