If you haven’t seen it before, this map represents an area of the City of Roses in which I am slowly running down all the streets. Purple represents April to June, Blue represents July to September, and green are the new streets from so far this October. It’s fine and all, and I do plan to finish it, but it’s definitely a rerun of the first version, and some of the thrill is gone.
I am going to send a sort of running avatar out into the world. Whenever my physical incarnation runs a certain distance here in Stumptown, my hypothetical self can be out running the highways and byways of, well, wherever he runs to. For instance, if the so-called "real me" does my little 2 ½ mile route around the graveyard down the street from Castle5000, hypothetical Michael5000 might be progressing 2 ½ miles down N2370 Road on the way from Alva to Waynoka in northwestern Oklahoma. (Obviously, this example would have to be quite a ways in the future, since I will be starting from my front porch, and it would take me two years and three months to get to Alva at my current per-month running pace.)
It’ll be fun! I can keep you apprised of the whereabouts of my hypothetical harrier in the sidebar. Maybe he can write in from time to time to talk about places he’s been! Maybe even – this would be pretty trippy – I could even go out and meet him somewhere! I could go running with him.
So Obviously, the Question Is…
There are also two important limitations to this venture. One is that I won’t be moving especially fast. Locations in and around Bridgetown would be easy enough to pick off, but the open road will certainly be calling. On the other hand, if I were to put (for instance) FallingWater on the list of places to visit it would be quite some time before I was able to make it to southwestern Pennsylvania (Keep in mind, too, that my avatar isn’t going to use freeways, as they are unsafe and unpleasant to run on). We might also have to confine ourselves to North America, because while I would in principle be perfectly willing to run across a hypothetical Bering Strait landbridge or through the Chunnel, I can’t guarantee that my remaining running lifetime will be sufficient to get me that far.
The journey begins Saturday, October 27!
But where shall I/he go? If you have suggestions, or would like to invite my avatar for a visit, let’s hear about it in the comments!