It did not take long to figure out that cars and noise (engines, horns) would be the order of the day. I lost count at 27 the number of times I had to look over my shoulder for cars turning, in the first mile! One must be on high alert urban walking.
There was a lot of waiting in this walk - waiting to cross the street. At every major intersection (and most were major) you needed to press the button and wait for the "walk" sign.
Of course this is obvious, if you actually think about it. But I did not prior to starting the Urban 20 Miler. However, what was not obvious, was "Push Button to Cross" signs that talked to you. After pressing the arrow button, it said "wait...wait...wait...". And when it was okay to cross, it would tell you what side of the street it was okay to cross. This was new and unexpected.
About a half mile or so down the road, the talking sign made sense:
|Braille bus stop sign|
For me, it was now interesting seeing things, that are in plain sight, that I typically do not see. The next thing, we've all seen these before, but I have not actually looked at this in a very long time:
|98 Billion Served!|
Next, as I mentioned, my route today was simple, head south on Peachtree for 10 miles and head back. I had forgotten how many Peachtrees there are in Atlanta!
|Atlanta's Population Now|
But what I saw and heard above was definitely different, a B-17 Bomber! Actually saw this many times throughout the 20 miles. It appears that they were selling rides in over the Atlanta area.
|Midtown Atlanta on a Saturday afternoon|
Headed south for a bit more, maybe a half mile or so past the Fox Theatre and decided it was time to turn around and head back. I was just about at 10 miles. Truth be told, I was sure tempted to take a Marta train back to Oglethorpe. You see it is very rare when doing an out & back to even have an option of not having to do the back portion, so I was very tempted. But, this being my last really long walk prior to the Georgia Marathon coming up in a few weeks - decided I really did need to stay on my feet for another 2.5 hours and walk back.
The walk back was quite uneventful. The one thing that really stood out though, I really liked when I would just miss the "walk sign" to cross the street and I'd have to wait for the traffic lights to cycle through. When this happened, I found something to lean up against and enjoyed the break until the walk signal appeared again.
I made it back to Oglethorpe University during the 8th inning of the baseball game. The Stormy Petrels were ahead of Berry College.
|Oglethorpe vs Berry|
|Patrick Kulick throwing the heat|
They did have the 2nd game of the double header after this game, but I was way too tired to stay for it. Hopefully I'll get back down for another game this season.