(30 Jun at 23:05)
|Well, I really didn't do much this month—that last project was pretty hectic and ended with a bunch of travel, and then I also had some work travel, and so I've mostly just been recovering this month. Finished up some video games, started some new games, the usual.|
The run-every-day quest is still active and coming up on the one-year mark, at which point I expect to declare victory and retire from that (hopefully keeping a healthier 5- or 6-day a week habit). But I'll save that retrospective for when it's actually done.
I did do a couple trips for my Pac Tom project, which I'm back in the mindset of actually trying to complete. During a absurdly torrential storm I finally finished off Perry North, one of the more difficult neighborhoods (it's distant, like 6 miles just to get there, hilly, and has lots of streets). A couple more North Side neighborhoods remain, and then I should be able to finish off the South Side remnants in a single trip or so, depending on how much I want to savor it.
Of course I can't run every street in the world, but one side quest is running across borders (state, country, or like the width of islands) and this last week I completed a new achievement here. While in Basel, Switzerland, I did a single run that crossed through Germany, France and Switzerland (and indeed all the pairwise borders). It's quite easy if you're in Basel, actually, but I was still excited about it. Since I've also done Switzerland and Italy this connects a rather large chunk of Europe. There aren't many places where you could do more than 3 countries, but possibly I could make Switzerland – Liechtenstein – Austria – Germany (about a marathon distance). There's also this spot but it seems to involve some swimming!
|Yes! Finally some Pac Tom updates! Thank you.
I agree that a strict run through country borders with more than three countries indeed seems difficult, and would probably require more than a marathon distance. If you cheat by considering Bosnia-Herzegovina and Republica Srpska as separate countries rather than a single federated country, then those two and Croatia and Montenegro is probably doable in a single run. But take a passport that is valid for at least 90 days after the trip, and please do your own research before you try this.
Or you could try to relax the rules by running a few kilometers in each of four countries the same day, but traveling on a vehicle (such as a bus, train, ship, bicycle, unibycle) in between the runs once. In that case, it would probably be cleanest to only cross borders while running.