A decade-plus ago, we spent time walking and cycling through the trails of Maudsley. The gardens are beautiful, the bridges seem magical, and the slope down to the river….aaaahhhh. We had only visited Maudsley a handful of times since then until recently. A couple of weeks ago, we bit the bullet and bought a parking pass (that’s new since we first visited). This parking pass splurge has opened up a whole new world of trails. And no horseflies!
Today, we took the Go-Pro along and really had some fun! We started out shortly after 7:00 am, but the humidity had already arrived. It didn’t take long for us to look like we had been dunked in the river! Fortunately, the mature trees provided a thorough canopy and protected us from the sun. We weaved our way through the trails and found some new paths since our last visit. There were a few walkers and runners out, but no real ‘traffic’ to be found.
My weekly mileage has not been good – ok, it’s been absent. That Monday-through-Friday thing called ‘work’ really puts a wrench in things. And boy did I feel it today. Not only was the humidity suffocating, the hills were unforgiving to my lazy legs. Between the Go-Pro shenanigans, the other runners, and a number of horseback riders, I had enough to distract me from my screaming quads. Oh and the horse crap – that kept me very focused on the trail!
I’m so happy we are rediscovering Maudsley! Its beauty in the trails, in its location (right on the Merrimack river), and in its proximity to us is worth every penny of that parking pass! Click on the video Scott created as a result of all of the Go-Pro shenanigans…