Walk 83: It ends with a coyote

Today is normally a run day, but I did some stuff in the morning, then watched the long and utterly surprise-free Apple “Far Out” event, then decided I should do some kind of physical activity, so off to the river trail I went!

There was a bit of a breeze blowing, which is unusual for this summer, and both temperature and humidity were reasonable. It felt odd!

I walked to the lake (to use the loo), and snapped a few photos before heading back. Upon return to the river trail, I ran for two km, turning in brisk paces of 5:23/km and 5:33/km respectively. This is what I can do on a wide, unobstructed path when the weather isn’t actively trying to kill me.

As I neared the end of the trail, I spied a dog standing and facing toward the traffic of North Road. It had an aspect of “How will I get across without getting smooshed?” about it. I also recognized a moment later that it was not a dog and was a tan-colored coyote. I debated taking some photos, but it was directly blocking my way off the trail, with no real way to go around, so instead I waved my hands over my head, started talking loudly to it and waited. It turned toward me, seemed uncertain, then I took a step forward, to show I was the alpha male or something (which was dumb, in retrospect, but I was getting impatient). It eventually decided I was a bother and headed off into the brush, albeit reluctantly. It stood not too far in and watched as I passed, no doubt keen on returning to ponder crossing the road again.

I also saw a young, fit-looking woman who seemed dressed for a workout smoking within sight of the FIRE DANGER – NO SMOKING sign. Again, this is the only time I EVER see people smoking–when the signs go up during summer expressly banning it. I have no explanation other than a) fantastic coincidence, b) pointless acts of rebellion because “no sign is the boss of me!”

Anyway, it was nice and I was happy to get out.

Here’s a shot from Cariboo Dam, showing the water all ripply and stuff from the breeze.


Walk 83
Average pace: 8:05/km
Location: Brunette River trail
Distance: 8.68 km
Time: 70:10
Weather: Sunny
Temp: 21ºC
Humidity: 54%
Wind: light to moderate
BPM: 122
Weight: 159.7 pounds
Devices: Apple Watch Series 5, iPhone 12
Total distance to date: 614.32 km

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