2018-12-01 - Rock Creek Ramble with Gayatri and Barry

~12.2 mi @ ~15.5 min/mi

http://zhurnaly.com/images/running/Rock_Creek_caution__Gayatri_Barry_z_2018-12-01_t.jpg"They have to catch us first!" say the women who run ahead as Gayatri, Barry, and Roadkill venture past construction signs warning "DANGER - Keep Out!" Adventure continues for a dozen miles, not to be stopped by mere "CAUTION" ribbon in Rock Creek Park.

"Is he strong? Listen, bud. He's got radioactive blood!" Roadkill renders a fragment of the Spiderman TV show theme song, as we take turns leading the way up hills, past leaf-blowers, over tree roots, across streets, around parked cars. The friendly-familiar McDonald's on River Road at the Capital Crescent Trail is an aid station. A whiskery gardener on Leland Street gets a salute.
"No, it's Fake Food!" Waiting for a light to change in Bethesda, we joke about the nearby "True Food Kitchen", much to the amusement of a lady nearby. "We've been bantering furiously for the past 9 miles!" we tell her. She says she wishes she could run with us. Maybe some day!http://zhurnaly.com/images/running/River-Road_Love-Makes_Everything_Disappear_sticker_t.jpg
http://zhurnaly.com/images/running/River-Road_Thank-You-for-Not-Thinking_sticker_2018-12-01_t.jpg"Love makes everything disappear" and "Thank you for not thinking" read stickers on a bridge railing. Little girls sit atop huge horses that walk in sedate circles at Meadowbrook Stables. Rain politely waits until after we finish running and get coffee.

(trackfile) - ^z - 2018-12-25