Day 3 of Urban Canicross Series: Cunningham to Alley Pond

Day 3 completed! It was tough but we did it. I’m pretty sure I’m coming down with some sort of cold or sickness. Not sure if Zeke has something similar because yesterday he slept ALL day. I only have 3 days left to my vacation so I wanted to continue on with the Greenway running. I don’t think I will be able to finish it by Tuesday. I think by the end of the month is a more realistic goal. In the spring, when we are used to longer runs together, maybe we can try again and do it in a quicker span of time. And, one day, do the whole 20+ mile trip in a day! Dreaming but, a semi-realistic dream nonetheless.

Today I drove Zeke and myself to Cunningham Park. We skipped over the Kissena to Cunningham section of the Greenway as it is only a little over a mile long & I wanted to do a more significant portion today. So, we picked up the Greenway at Cunningham and followed it to Alley Pond Park. This is, by far, so far, my favorite section of the Greenway. It is completely through the park and through a true “park corridor” of paved roadway with forest or lines of trees on either side. In fact, it follows the old “Long Island motor parkway”.  There is a special plaque at the start of this motor parkway trail explaining that it was built by a member of the Vanderbilt family and was originally used for car races and as a toll road. More info can be found here: Long Island Motor Parkway

We started here:

looking back, we would follow this way to return to Kissena Park

looking back, we would follow this way to return to Kissena Park

looking forward, this is the start of the greenway through Cunningham.

looking forward, this is the start of the greenway through Cunningham.

There is a brief stretch through some forest, then you pass some ball fields and a parking lot and up a short, steep hill to the start of the Motor Parkway trail.

lots of bridges and overpasses

lots of bridges and overpasses

Lanes are clearly defined, lots of signs here. I only noticed one sign with an arrow pointing the wrong way. We saw lots of walkers, runners, dogs, and cyclists, this is a well-used trail on the weekends.

After about 2.5 miles, we arrived at Alley Pond Park!

around a corner and arrive at Alley Pond park!

around a corner and arrive at Alley Pond park!

It leaves you by more baseball fields, a playground and the Alley Pond Tennis Center. A nice older male tennis player commented on Zeke’s good looks! Next time I will pick up the trail here:

continue down this road and you're on your way (9.5miles!) to Joe Michael's Mile and Fort Totten

continue down this road and you’re on your way (9.5miles!) to Joe Michael’s Mile, Fort Totten, & Little Bay Park

but today I had to return to the car at Cunningham to meet with some friends and their dog, Izzy, who is Zeke’s friend! So we ran (and walked a little) back that way.

reentering Cunningham

reentering Cunningham

We met with our friends, Zeke and Izzy had a blast playing together & with new friends at the dog park. Unfortunately, Zeke got into one of his skittish moods after about an hour and tried to hop the fence-something he has never done before. So we leashed them up and returned to the cars. 2 steps forward and 1 step back for Zeke and his skittishness-I will post about that soon.

Total miles: 6 ( we ran 4.7 miles)

Total time: 2 hours 13 minutes, which included our time at the dog park. (we ran the 4.7 miles in 46 minutes.)

Highly recommend this section of the Greenway for dogs & runners: we made a brief side trip onto some paved but narrow walkways around Alley Pond Park-it is truly beautiful there & needs more exploring! Thank you for joining us-not sure when Day 4 will occur but I will give notice when the Greenway urban canicross series will continue! Until then I am getting in bed and trying to feel better.

 

 

 

 

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~ by manicivy on October 19, 2013.

2 Responses to “Day 3 of Urban Canicross Series: Cunningham to Alley Pond”

  1. rest well take care!

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