Walking rural roads safely

I’m a 40-year-old woman with a baby and two teenagers. I’m very frustrated because we recently moved to a rural community. The town has busy two-lane roads with no shoulder. I haven’t met many people yet, nor do I have someone to watch my toddler. Any ideas on how I can get walking again?

The most obvious answer would be to get an indoor treadmill. I know how tough rural roads with no shoulder can be – I walk them every day! But that will solve only one problem: your need to exercise.

Regarding the baby: you could try one of those special strollers with your toddler. You’d both benefit from the fresh air and the chance to get out of the house.

Try taking the toddler, stroller and yourself to a community park where walking is safer than on the roads. Maybe you’ll meet other walkers and/or moms in your new community!

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