Day 101 mile 101: The road to Dalmatia

img_0192Day 101 mile 101: The road to Dalmatia. After the silliness that was yesterday being day 100 it is nice to be able to follow that up with a not so oblique reference to day 101, and multiple dalmatians.

Given that I live less than a mile away from European route E22 (the A55) another idea sprang to mind. The temptation to do something based around binary and the fact that 101 translates back into standard numerals as 5 was massive, or indeed to see if I could borrow a dalmatian to join me, neither of which worked out, but there is a viable plan.

dalmatiaThe E22 is a major European trunk road (hence probably why there are almost always “improvements” being dug in it!) and is thus a major thoroughfare to various places including the ports of the east shore of the Adriatic Sea and the region formally known as Dalmatia.

On the strength of that tenuous link I shall cover myself in dots and run the very first part of this route!

Mercifully there is a cycle track which runs alongside the main road. This is surprisingly beautiful and separated for a large part by a bank of pines the scent of which cuts through below the diesel fumes which pervade the morning air! It’s a beautiful morning, albeit with a bit of a cold wind and the sun at such a height as to appear and disappear as you run at an angle towards the hills over which it is rising.

It’s oddly exciting running alongside this sort of bustle for a change, and the idea of a road that could go to almost anywhere feels heightened by the Dalmatia idea, into a universe of possibilities!

‘He used often to say there was only one Road; that it was like a great river: its springs were at every doorstep, and every path was its tributary.’ 

J.R.R. Tolkien

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Today’s ear-worm was just downright silly!

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