Thankfully, with Ron's "local knowledge",I was able to run the whole way without having to run along the side of "that" road (heck, I don't even like it in a car!). I was dreading the shards of glass, broken truck tires,Lucky Lager cans, dirt, fumes and bemused and belligerent drivers.
My morning started serenely enough at 5:30 when I awoke, had my breakfast and checked the chatline.
Armed and dressed with my trusty headlight,Camel-Bak,wobble-cam,and my H2H long sleeved tech. jacket, campaign shorts(with deep pockets for my wallet.)and favorite bandanna, I set out for the Lochside trail and the Red (gray) Barn.From there I hung a left up towards Stelleys and the Ferry.(2:00:35) I stopped my chronometer, and had to wait 40 minutes for the boat.(foot passenger fare $5.15c), the Ferry guy saw my headlight and shorts and asked me where was my bike!
Arriving on the Mill Bay Rd., I hoofed it to Brentwood Academy for young people with money.
Then on past the fire hall to the end of the lane, where a trail leads you by the "Big Rd." immediately onto Church Way then Kilmalu, on to Telegraph Rd.
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As for the dogs, I saw a few 80-100Lb. specimens that thankfully were tethered down. They mouthed a couple of half assed growls, but "they" did not feel threatened....
I started to recognize sights from my past,the native cemetery near Basset Farm then I knew I had to start looking out for a turn onto Jaynes Rd that leads into Lakes Rd and my final destination on Wicks Rd.
I made it bang on time @ 12:30, had my visit, hung out for about an hour with my friend, went for a long walk with him while we talked at length about running as he remembered it, from the "old days".
11.5 hours later, happy and with 5:38:25 of running on my clock, a few beers, a plate of fries and two litres of Gatorade under my belt. Plus 55K of road under my shoes.