I have the RunKeeper app on my iPhone and I use it to log all my bike rides to and from work, as well as some of my more epic walks with the dog. It keeps track of my speed, distance, and plots my travels on a Google map:

I’ve noticed, for instance, that I’m slower on the bike when the weather cools. When warm, I get to work/home in less than 12 minutes. The last couple days, as the temperature has dipped into the 50s in the morning, I’m up to 15 minutes.

Another feature of the app I like a lot is it sends me little emails about new milestones, such as fastest time in a week or forever, longest distance, most activities in a week, that sort of thing. But there’s this other milestone I’ve been getting a lot lately that cracks me up:


Did I mention I live in New Orleans? As Daniel Morales notes,

The city has no natural hills or mountains.

As Morales also notes, the site most commonly considered the highest point in New Orleans (it’s not, “The Mountain” in City Park is higher–follow that link to Morales above for the nitty-gritty), Monkey Hill in Audubon Park along the river in Uptown, a hill built in 1933 by the Works Progress Administration, is a mere 27.5 feet above mean sea level.

I know it’s an oversimplification to say New Orleans is a bowl. There are ridges throughout, it’s uneven, but these bike routes of mine that trigger the”Biggest elevation climb” alerts are over the exact same stretches of road that I roll over 10 times Monday-Friday.

Here’s a map from a very long walk with the dog:

Derek Bridges lives in New Orleans, trading in words and pictures. A carpetbagger of long standing, he grew up in the top right corner of IL and later went to college in the middle cornfield part. He has also lived in MS and FL, for educational purposes only, and was diasporized for a time in TX.

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