I am spending much of my day on buses. We’re having a great day for that and for spending time outdoors waiting for them. I wore an extra layer this morning (warm long-sleeved shirt) and will carry it “just in case” this evening. Most of the day has delighted me. Sunshine and temperatures in the 70s F (the low 20s Celsius) do that for me.
When I headed downtown this morning for my usual meeting, some kind of marathon or whatever had Broad Street and several others blocked. That added around 15 minutes to the travel time. I took the bus that should have been too early. Today, it got me there on time.
After the meeting, the re-routing around the marathon/race continued. I found the improvised stop on Third Street easily and got lucky. I wanted to go to a Walmart, either on East Main or South High. The #2 East Main bus showed up, actually running early, and gave me a nice place to sit until departure time. I see marathons, fairs, festivals, etc., as recreational. I wish they took place on those “multi-purpose trails” and/or in the many parks in Columbus. They have become a major impediment to Sunday morning travel downtown. I know from having worked downtown that the festivals can be a hassle on Fridays and Saturdays, too.
To my surprise, the type of shoes I hoped to find at Family Dollar or Dollar General turned up at Walmart. For $10, I found a good pair of athletic-type shoes to replace my worn-out “deck” shoes. I’ll thread the laces through the “extra” pair of eyelets at the top to keep them from tripping me.
Quick comment on good shoes:
I had hoped to get a pair that weren’t too “showy.” These score 100 on that test.
I got more groceries and a few other things, and I spent some time just looking around the store. Still no “small squeeze bottle” for my nasal washing, but that’s not urgent. I’m doing ok with what I have. I changed shoes outside the store.
By the time I came back downtown, some of the buses were running their usual routes, including both of mine. I came home ok. The first test of the new shoes, walking from the bus stop with my full backpack, went well.
I’ll be back on transit just after 5 pm, which is why I’m writing this early. I’ll get to my friend Joe’s place by 6:30 pm and we’ll head for Marengo, Ohio, to meet up with some of our friends. My bus pas is a great investment!