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Autumn 'Road Trip' by Foot

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by Lucy Graham (subscribe)
I'm a Melbourne based freelance writer with a diverse portfolio including performing arts articles and reviews, human interest stories, and social comment. Visit my blog for an overview
Published May 23rd 2013
Walking 'Road Trips' are free - apart from shoe leather
Take in your surroundings on a walking 'road trip'
We are so obsessed with wheels these days that we risk missing the everyday wonder in the world that surrounds us.
spiders webs, dew on web
Walking Road Trip - It's all in the detail

Sure, getting in the car is generally more time efficient, and yet the benefits of walking to mental and physical health, not to mention the environment, are well known.
moss on a cool morning
Moss making itself at home on tree limbs

Today in Melbourne it is "Walking-Safely-to-School Day". It was foggy and cool, and I momentarily wondered whether we might just jump in the car.
autumn leaves
Soon it will be gone for another year

But how glad I am we didn't.
walking path
Dawdling is good

I cannot recall a longer Autumn show than we are currently enjoying in Melbourne. The trees are hanging on despite wind and rain, and it can only be days before it is all swept away for another year.
tree berries
Up close and personal with flora

With mild temperatures forecast for the next week, it's a great chance to get out and sample the delights of the local streets by foot - a kind of suburban road trip.
dew on pine needles
Try spotting this from the car

There were so many wondrous details to be observed this morning; intricate and delicate things that we are oblivious to in a drive by.
tree trunk
Light playing on a magnificent tree trunk

The most important ingredient to a walking 'road trip' is time and observation. If you're doing it for fitness, you will miss the best part.
walking path
Meander, don't rush, or you'll miss the best part

And although many of us struggle to fit all that is required of us into a day, the benefits are palpable.
roadside floral arrangement
Roadside Floral Arrangement

Best of all the road trip by foot is absolutely free, but with added benefits.
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Why? The delight is in the detail
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Great article and photos, Lucy - very inspiring. I love walking in autumn too. J
by Julie Mundy (score: 3|1734) 2337 days ago
Nice photos, where is the article?
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by Manuela Santana (score: 2|133) 2336 days ago
autumn my favorite season
good work arty photos
just lovely
by ella. (score: 0|6) 2333 days ago
Good on you :) I like it!
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Call me silly but I've wondered what this voting thing is to the side of my comments for a while now - is it supposed to represent what I think your article should be scored out of ten? or what my comment gets scored by others out of ten? I just noticed it goes up to 100 - wtf?
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