Once the realities of time commitments and cold damp weather pushed us toward an in-town walk, The Day Hiker decided she'd go slick instead of practical, and put on her brand new black suede boots. So she could walk along and admire them coming up on the outside of her jeans the way girls do these days.
Which worked out fine for awhile, but even on an urban hike and especially a day after some heavy rain, you come to some muddy spots. And you do get, on this walk, to the Murray Run Greenway, which is nearly two miles and nearly all through the woods.
Pretty uneventful walk overall, with a nice lunch at Fork in the Alley in the middle and then a longer stop for an indoor soccer game featuring the nine-year-old grandsons at Patrick Henry High, and then on home.
Urban hike from home to Roanoke River Greenway to Jefferson Street, Wonju Street, Colonial Avenue to Murray Run Greenway to Grandin Road and home. About 7 miles.
How to get there: Step out our door and start walking down to Memorial Avenue toward the bridge.