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Morning Jog on the West Orange Trail

My rhythmic two-three time breath seems the conductor of this calming calypso. The waffle-soled shoes against the pavement keep perfect pace, a metronome of harmonic balance within my body. The mind resting, engaging only to consciously enjoy the suspension of time, when thoughts fleet in and out with ease, the world stopped for just a moment, floating with me here on this place we simply call "The Trail."

Time suspended. How appropriate! The West Orange Trail is located just outside Orlando, Florida, home to the world's largest cacophony of tourist pandemonium. Traffic makes headlines, and Mickey memorizes. Concrete takes on kudzu characteristics. Walt's dreamä.? But here, on the West Orange Trail, time stops. Winding through the rural outskirts of the nation's fastest growing region, this modern remake of a bygone era provides a cathartic solace to those seeking refuge from the battering "out there." They call it "Rails to Trails," this West Orange pavement, taking me on a mental excursion more adventurous than anything the theme park dream-makers could create.

Who traveled here 100 years ago, catching the train back up north to visit relatives? Who picked the citrus that filled boxcars steaming past the rural landscape? How did the fruit taste when it arrived at its wintry destination? How did the ladies dress, what with their parasols, residing for a time in their fancy dining cars? The trail's history alive still, vivid in my resting mind.

The thoughts fleet in and out -- with my breath. Time suspends.

A view of the lake -- once clean -- saddens my step for a moment. But then a squirrel scurries past, jolting me back to reality. A cyclist approaches. One-point-five-miles to Winter Garden station. Check the watch. Feeling good. Time to turn back, facing again a life outside the comfort of The Trail.

Kelly G.
Florida

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