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Eric Hansen
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PostFri Mar 20, 2020 5:33 pm 
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Here in southeast Wisconsin we've seen an increase in trail traffic matching rising awareness of the coronavirus risks. Gyms are emptying out. People are looking for elbow room.

I was trying to figure out a quick way to connect - and ask for social distance - with oncoming hikers and runners and came up with this greeting:

Peace, love and six feet please

So far so good. Smiles, laughs and cooperation. I move over and so do they. I usually speak up when they are about 30 feet out.
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PostSat Mar 21, 2020 7:50 am 
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That sounds like a great idea!

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PostSat Mar 21, 2020 8:46 am 
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Thanks Grannyhiker. I'm sure there may be someone out there with a tweak that may work better. I thought about just saying "six feet please" but thought that may not be a good beginning, might seem grumpy.

I'm pretty loud in my greeting. I want their attention, and fast. And want to remind them of the new realities.
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PostSat Mar 21, 2020 11:34 am 
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I've replaced my bear spray with a can of Lysol
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PostSat Mar 21, 2020 5:17 pm 
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Step of the trail and swing your sticks back and forth to delineate your territory.
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PostSun Mar 22, 2020 4:46 pm 
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kbatku wrote:
I've replaced my bear spray with a can of Lysol


Mix the two together so you have a social distance promoting sphere of cleanliness.

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PostSun Mar 22, 2020 5:25 pm 
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The important thing here is gonna be to get the win. Come out on top in every encounter. Look, if someone has to move or slow down it ain't gonna be me. Just something you're gonna have to realize. See, I'm a respected authority on the trail and I'm protecting my reputation!!

Try to look intimidating!

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