I walked the breadth of Thunder Bay today, down Algoma from Munro, west on River Street nearly to the Thunder Bay Expressway, south on Junot to Red River Avenue and back to Algoma, up Algoma to Fountain Lake, across the dam, and back down to Munro. As I came off the dam, headed towards my motel room, I encountered the lead runners in a race that stretched back up along the lake as far as I could see. It was serious enough a race that the lead runners were grim and determined, but not so serious that it excluded runners of middle school age. Young and old were stretching their stride, and the bounce in their steps got me excited about my walking again, and I put a little bounce in my step.
I have to say I was surprised how quickly I walked the length of River Street, how quickly I got across town to the Expressway. I hadn't imagined a walk across the city was so manageable.
You do notice the ups and the downs of the landscape when you are walking. Summit Avenue and High Street have earned their names, and walking legs know it.