Some more walks: A short list, with pictures

August 29, 2019

By Matthew E. Milliken
Aug. 29, 2019

Here are some walks that I took last week:

Tuesday, Aug. 21: I drove back to the same area of Duke Forest that I hiked on Aug. 5 and 6 and walked 5.04 miles in 1:20:16 for a pace of 15 minutes and 56 seconds per mile.

Wednesday, Aug. 22: From my house, I walked north on Broad Street to Stadium Drive, where I turned east and proceeded to Rock Quarry Park, which I’d never really visited before. After briefly wandering the field in the park’s northern area, I started wandering through a forested area that I’d never realized was there.

After proceeding south through the park to West Murray Avenue, I picked up the Ellerbee Creek Trail, which I followed south to Northgate Park. Upon reaching West Club Boulevard, I turned west and followed the road Northgate Mall. Then I turned north on Guess Road and headed home. This journey covered 5.16 miles in 1:18:09 (15:08 pace).

Thursday, Aug. 23: From my house, I walked north on Broad Street. Despite a brief detour, I wound up at Stadium Drive, where I followed west for a short stretch before plunging into a residential neighborhood. After a short time, I headed west on Carver Avenue; traveled northwest on a different leg of Stadium before reversing course; and switched from westbound Carver to Duke Homestead Road, which vectors off to the southwest.

Instead of following Duke Homestead to the end, I took another detour through another residential area before hiking southeast down Guess back to home base. That walk took 1:14:14 and stretched across 5.12 miles for a 14:31 pace.

Friday, Aug. 24, part 1: Desperate to see some new scenery, I decided to hike through a part of Eno River State Park that I’d never before visited. After driving to the Pump Station trailhead (pictured below), I picked up Laurel Bluffs Trail, which in conjunction with a portion of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail parallels a long stretch of the aforementioned Eno River.

Early on, perhaps even before I got to the riverside walking path, I stumbled over something and twisted my left ankle; I was briefly worried that the ankle might be sprained, but it cleared up in short order. However, I’ve felt minor twinges in my left knee ever since. Regardless, I walked all the way to the easternmost edge of the park, which ends at Guess Road some miles northwest of where I live.

And then I did something that I rarely do on my walks: I sat down for a good 20 or 30 minutes and rested.

In all, this hike covered 2.9 miles in 52:14 (18:02).

Friday, Aug. 24, part 2: When it was time to head back, I started going back. About a third of the way along the path, I stopped and muttered to myself, “Is that a lizard?” And then I exclaimed, “You’re a lizard, Harry!”

This was, actually, an amphibian — probably a salamander, to be specific — but who can resist a dumb Harry Potter joke?

Isaac Newton’s first law of motion states, in part, that “a body in motion will remain in motion unless it is acted upon by an external force.” I experience a similar intertial phenomenon in matters photographic. Once I begin taking pictures, I tend to continue doing so. Having snapped some images of the creature, I proceeded to take more than two dozen landscape pictures, featured in a gallery below.

On the way back to my car, I detailed to the remains of the pump station (and, I believe, a dam) for which the access point is named.

My journey spanned 3.01 miles in 58:37 (19:30). Here are some pictures!

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