Day 148 Mile 148: Under & Out. Being fortunate enough to live in an area where the natural scenery is incredibly striking, it is quite easy to view buildings and infrastructure as a blemish in this otherwise perfect vista. Rather, today reminds me that it is through these works, that we frame our landscape and in a very real sense, how we get to see it at all. Humanity’s engagement with the landscape lies along a huge continuum, be that the act of walking through grassland and thus leaving a trail which only an experienced tracker can follow, all the way through to more extreme examples such as the Chernobyl Reactor, or more pleasantly, the Taj Mahal. My point is that to some extent or very observation of the landscape will have an affect upon it, but that as such, it does not always have to be dismissed out of hand as negative.
Today I ran down the road and cut under the expressway, the thundering dual carriageway which cuts like a tar filled artery along the coast dividing the communities from the sea. The underpass as the road comes off the mountain and skirts the north of the village could feel like a particular blight but somehow I find it beautiful.
There is something wonderfully post-apocalyptic about it as a space with the hammer of the lorries passing overhead and the dust and rocks exposed by the support pillars below. The straight lines and enormity sit oddly with the natural environment just beyond it and the awareness that you are standing beneath a huge structure, in turn dwarfed by a massive landscape is a pleasant one.
It’s even nicer when you pop out the other side onto the cycle path by the beach to wend the way along and eventually home 🙂
I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.
Distance: 1616.7 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
Thanks as ever for all the support!