Saturday, March 8, 2014

The One With All of the Peafowl!

Today's run was a 6+ miler through the Delhi Central Ridge. The ridge is "Delhi's Green Lung," and the home to several species of plants, birds and mammals. Read about my first solo in the ridge here.

To learn even more, I found this e-book from 1991. The History section is worth a read!

It's meant to be a protected area, but as this site explains, there has been much encroachment into the area. It's a shame, because running in The Ridge is an absolute pleasure and a distinct change of pace to the hectic streets of the city.

Today's run was an idyllic 10K through the wooded trails of the ridge. Today, those trails are maintained by the army and the President's Bodyguard, a calvary unit of the Indian Army. The PB are stationed at the Presidential Palace, near the Central Ridge and maintain the trails that were originally set up for the British Viceroy in order to exercise the horses. The story goes that our outer loop was the Viceroy's and the inner loop was The Lady's Loop, reserved for his wife (and her possible indiscretions, ooh la la). I'm still looking for a source to verify this...

There is always something to see in The Ridge. Today it was peafowl (my wife reminded me the other day that there is no such thing as a female peacock; those are peahens). On the route today, there were at least 12 of them, most of them taking flight. There are few "bird things" cooler than a peacock in flight. Their bodies are so big and their tails are so long, that it seems impossible that they can take to the air. At one point, a group of three took off, with one flying left, another to the right and the third straight ahead. It was awesome.

This run belongs to Lynnea! Thanks for helping out!

I'm dedicating runs to raise money for a campship in memory of my friend Ty Taylor at YMCA Camp Miller. Click here or here to donate. Please make sure you choose the Ty Taylor Campship option. And please let me know if you've made a donation so I can thank you!

Distance - 6.86 miles (a bit extra due to some backtracking)
Time - 58:57
Soundtrack - None. My phone was almost dead, so I skipped the music to save battery.

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