A short portion of the Riverfront Trail is closed right now while crews work on the adjacent parking lot. It’s not a big deal.. it just means that I have to take a detour on the south side around the parking lot and onto the sidewalk for a couple of hundred meters before connecting with the trail again. That is what I have been doing.. until yesterday.
Yesterday I took the detour on the south side of the trail, the same as I have been doing for a couple of weeks. I don’t enjoy this part of the trail.. the sidewalk is busy and noisy.. and it just destroys the feng shui of my run. The harmony of the environment is disturbed, and I just don’t like it!
So.. on the return trip I had the brilliant idea of going to the NORTH side of the closed trail. Oh, sure.. it is rough with bushes and large rocks, and there is a slight chance of falling into the Peticodiac River if you miss a step.. BUT it looked inviting. Besides, I love adventures.
It was rough and very difficult to navigate. It was more like a wilderness hike than a run, but it was slightly better than heavily trafficked alternative. Everything has a price, and the price that I paid for this short hike was mitts and pants full of burdocks.
This was a lunch hour run and I was late returning to work as I had to pick the burrs from my clothing. I discovered firsthand why these burrs inspired the popular hook and loop fasteners that are better known as Velcro.
But, a bad day on the trail is better than a good day at work.