Running 2021

Running 2021

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Running 2021 Highlights: What a phenomenal year!  And yes, I am referring to 2021.  For the second time in my life, I “collected runs” from 52 different places in 52 consecutive weeks.  Not bad for a year that included 2 months of downtime for surgery and a host of COVID travel restrictions.

I “collect runs” as we travel, exploring each new city on foot and taking away a Nike+ Run route map and photos.  This year gave plenty of opportunity to add to my collection.  Domestic travel began with Washington DC, the Blue Ridge Mountains, “Bombingham”, and visits to family in the Land of Ahs.

The Big Trip

Then in June, Jean and I left Charlotte for Zagreb, Croatia, beginning a six-month trip across through 12 countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle-East.  Running 2021 got more interesting! Croatia was our biggest surprise; the Dalmatian Coast is beautiful.  Running highlights included the Nile, Danube, Rhine, and Avon rivers, the Alps, Greek Islands and more.  Somehow, via vaccines, masks, common sense and a little luck, we were able to outrun COVID as well.  Here are some of my favorite run pics from 2021:

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Croatian National Theater in Zagreb, Croatia
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Reflections in Sibenik, Croatia
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Big Fish / Little Fish in Hvar, Croatia
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Miljacka River in Sarajevo, Bosnia
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Alexander at Dawn in Thessaloniki, Greece
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WWII Flack Tower in Vienna, Austria
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Old Communist Radio Building in Bratislava, Slovakia
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The Canal in Colmar, France
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Sunset in Alexandria, Egypt
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Dawn on Santorini, Greece
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Old Town Chania on Crete, Greece
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Banksy Original in Bristol, UK
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Great Park in Windsor, UK
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Paracelsusweg Park in Baden-Baden, Germany
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Monastery at Bol on Brac, Croatia
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Pulteney Bridge on Avon in Bath, UK
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Brush Creek on the Plaza in Kansas City, USA
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Citygarden Sculpture Park in St. Louis, USA
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The literal “Big Trip”, when I fell into the sea in Dubrovnik. The scar is a nice souvenir I guess.

End of the Line

I retired the colors in our final stop abroad after running Barbado’s Miami Beach one last time.  Holes in the socks, holes in the shoes, holes in the shirt.  RIP, and thank you for your service!

Retiring the Colors in at Silver Sands Beach in Christchurch, Barbados

Here’s hoping for a great 2022… Happy New Year all!

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The Run Collection

I “collect” runs as we travel.  On the first morning in a new city, I put on the shoes and set out, camera I hand, to explore.  At the end, I have pictures and a route map (in the Nike App for iPhone) to add to my collection; these are my favorite souvenirs!… Continue reading →

Luka Ston

Ston

Jean and I enjoyed 4 days and nights in Luka Ston, on the Peljesac peninsula. Is it our favorite Croatian place so far?  Definitely maybe.… Continue reading →

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