30 June 2006

Friday 6/30: Bensonhurst and Mapleton

Distance: 7.06 miles
Time: 1:00
Pace: 8:30
Temp: 74
Dewpoint: 58
Weather: sunny and breezy

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Route: Start on 18th Ave and 66th St, over to 19th Ave, down to Bay Ridge Pkwy, over to 20th Ave, up to 60th St, over to 21st Ave, back down to Bay Ridge Pkwy, over to Bay Parkway, back up to 60th St, then back and forth on 61st, 62nd, 63rd, 64th, 65th, and 66th between 19th Ave and Bay Parkway before heading back to 18th Ave on 67th St and then down 18th Ave to 73rd.

Notes: After a week of intermittent showers and storms and oppressive humidity, today dawned cooler and drier and just plain beautiful. While I was staring at the map trying to decide where to run today, Kate suggested taking the train someplace farther out. So we hopped on the M train down to Bensonhurst, and while I was checking out the neighborhood from street level Kate checked out breakfast and coffee at a local deli. I ran a back-and-forth route that took me between the northeast corner of Bensonhurst and the southeast edge of Mapleton, in Borough Park. No world-famous landmarks or super-exciting architecture this time out -- just great residential neighborhoods with lots of kids out on the sidewalks and bakeries and stores and Italian flags. A terrific run in a great neighborhood on a perfect day. Can't ask for much more than that.


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