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Standing my ground with a big stick

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Recently there have been several articles about proper etiquette for walkers, runners and bikers when sharing the trail. Iíve added my opinion about confronting a solid wall of walkers either in front of me or coming toward me.

Lately though, my problem has been my country road. There are no shoulders. Sometimes just a strip of grass. Often just a ditch.

Biking there is way too dangerous, but I do like to walk or run the 1 mile uphill and back down to our house which is where the road ends at the lake.

Thereís not much traffic, but drivers do tend to speed. I donít know why. Probably, because they can.

I always wave at oncoming cars and since weíre in the south, they usually wave back. However friendly they may be, they donít leave me much room as I cling to the leftmost part of the pavement.

When I decided to incorporate a bit of upper body work into my walk, I noticed something different.

I began carrying my 50 year old baton from HS, and twirling it as I walked. As a car approaches, I give it a wave with the baton. Amazing! Now they move over almost into the other lane. Drivers may not worry about hitting me, but they donít want me to scratch their car.

I donít run with the baton, but maybe I can substitute a lightweight stick Ė like Iím in a relay race Ė and see if it has the same effect.

Note: For longer distances I either drive to the gym for a treadmill or on to town where there are sidewalks. No, I donít take my baton.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
OPTIMIST1948 7/14/2014 12:52PM

    You are not waving a baton while exercising. The drivers are doing their duty to get out of the way of a *very* short parade!

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MARYJEANSL 7/9/2014 11:55PM

  This made me laugh, picturing the drivers swerving to get away from such a dangerous weapon. Great idea!

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COMEUNDONE87 7/9/2014 11:15PM

    emoticon love it

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DOVESEYES 7/9/2014 8:15PM


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PHOENIX1949 7/9/2014 7:22PM

    emoticon Twirl on.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/9/2014 6:57PM

    They would do well to stay out of MY way if I attempted to twirl a baton... all thumbs, here! emoticon Creative solution for a common problem! emoticon

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EGRAMMY 7/9/2014 4:54PM

    Love the image of you with your baton...

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KANSASROSE67 7/9/2014 2:02PM

    I am smiling broadly at the picture of you twirling your baton at those cars! On my country road, there is a hay business and I have to share the road with semis. Not fun, but they do slow down and move over for me. And I definitely move over for them!

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LINDAKAY228 7/9/2014 1:04PM

    Wow, that's a great idea!

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DR1939 7/9/2014 12:08PM

    Walking or running teaches you a lot of things about driving. When we walk in town we notice how people do not stop for people in the crosswalks or if they do it is at the last minute. They also overrun the stop signs and block the crosswalk. We are lucky, both places where we walk on roads the roads are fairly wide. The most narrow has a bike path and Minnesotans are good about avoiding bike paths (downtown Minneapolis seems to be an exception). Our biggest problem is bikers on the walk/bike paths. They come up behind us and do not signal, just pass. As we usually walk side-by-side any little wobble would put us in the biker's path. We've had some close calls.

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TERI-RIFIC 7/9/2014 9:27AM

    Coincidentally, I was almost brushed by a car this morning. What a jerk! It could have been on purpose. I should have had a stick!!

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WATERMELLEN 7/9/2014 9:15AM

    Well done!! And so effective yet humorous!!

P,S, How about resurrecting that majorette strut too??

Comment edited on: 7/9/2014 9:16:32 AM

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PHEBESS 7/9/2014 8:55AM

    On St. Thomas, there are often dogs loose, and many walkers or runners walk with a big stick to fend off dogs who run at them, barking. There was one guy we saw at the beach every day with a crow bar. (We called him Crow Bar Man.)

So there are multiple reasons to walk softly and carry a shiny stick! (Had to do that.)

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MISTYDAZE42 7/9/2014 8:50AM

    emoticon emoticon

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LEWILL1982 7/9/2014 8:46AM

    You know, I've started waving but also more "flagging" my arm when cars approach me or when I cross a street. Some cars don't want to move out of the way and then act like we're the ones in the way. Glad the baton works!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/9/2014 8:43AM

    Thanks for the laugh! Whatever works.

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BA5454 7/9/2014 8:37AM

    You know, I was gonna ask about taking the baton to town! Well, you know this side of the road, trail, walk is *my* pet peeve. Maybe the drivers think if you're out there with a baton then you just might be someone who would throw it, too. emoticon P.S. Nice job of getting some strength in!

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/9/2014 8:37AM

    Good idea. Stay safe.

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  So funny! Good for you emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 7/9/2014 8:19AM

    That's frickin' hilarious. :D

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KANOE10 7/9/2014 8:11AM

    That is too amusing! What a good discovery for your walks or runs. Keep that baton with you and get those cars to give you space!

You have made me smile today. Thanks for writing.

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