Sunday, October 28, 2007

Railroad of Yesteryear

A October sunrise, as I step out the door.

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October is all but over, and the weather has been the warmest in years. Many records for fall temperature have been broken. I decided to enjoy it while it lasted, and to hike the rail lines like our fathers of yesteryear. A step back in time; As I walk, I can’t help but wonder what it was like to ride the rails from village to village in search of work.

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My walk is through bush, meadows, farm land, and small villages; along an abandon rail line. The rails have been removed. It is anything but a easy walk. Large railroad stone that is loose under foot makes for uncomfortable hiking. I do a concession at a time. I park at one end, do a concession and then hike it back to the car. I get to view the leaves from both sides, sort of speaking.

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The fall colors are spectacular. My camera is my partner.

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I have a 35 mile journey to my final destination, which means I will cover 70 miles by foot. I am at the half way point. It is a refreshing way to start a work day and avoid the honey-do list. The sumac’s red, brightens a early morning.

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The sunrise this time of year is between 7am and 8am. I am a early riser but don’t like to hit the trail too early. I wouldn’t want to be mistaken for a deer by some trigger happy hunter. Quite often, I hear guns just a blazing especially near swampy areas of my walk.

As I pass through farm country, the cattle look on in curiosity.

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It won’t be long and I will forget our beautiful fall weather and start dreaming about the north beach on Isla Mujeres., Mexico

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3 comments:

Tedy B. said...

Did not know you enjoyed ambulating this much, but find that the more I get the know you, the less I know. Anyways very nice blog..lots of pix..

I'll let you be in my blog if I can be in yours, oops I forgot I am. But be careful, never know when and where Pedro Loco may show up.. only the shadow knows for sure.

Jean said...

What a lovely read, Dusty, and what beautiful pictures. Reading your section on family history warmed my cockles, and made me realize it's time to get going again with the research.

Elisabeth said...

Keep up the good work.