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Trains, Bridges, and Bicycles, Oh My!

IMG_9914 This morning as I headed out for my morning run (one whole hour later than I usually step outside), I felt good.  My legs certainly needed some shaking out, the sun was bright in the sky, temperature low at about 50 degrees, and I just had that positive feeling in my bones that makes you feel light and joyous.

Everything was perfect.  Until I got to the tracks, and there was a train.  And the train was not moving. I have had a few encounters with this train in the last few months, and one would assume that I remember it will be there right around seven o'clock every morning!  But I have yet to remember this mildly important fact, and frequently find myself on an adventure to "get around" the train and down to the waterfront.  Today, I decided I would go over the Broadway Bridge Ramp at Lovejoy, and back down onto Broadway for a little variety.  The lights were not in my favor, so I ended up crossing the bridge.
And apparently, I was on the wrong side, as herds of bikes passed me... I was going upstream.  Possibly an annoyance for the many people on wheels pedaling their way to work, but I was overjoyed - I had the best view:
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I ended my run back in the neighborhood - cutting it short at 4 miles instead of 5 (tiny pangs of guilt for not doing my planned number of miles, and truthfully -  overall, I'm happy I got outside!).  I walked the last couple blocks to my favorite coffee shop.
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This morning was so gorgeous; I feel like it has been weeks since I was able to capture a few great photos, and today... I feel like I got my Mojo back.  :)
How do you deal with road blocks? Do you wait for them to clear, or stride out on a new path?
Here's hoping tomorrow's potentially adventurous route brings another batch of beauty to behold.
with joy, ~Alaina

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