100 Steps offers helpful information on outdoor walking venues along the Oregon Coast for folks whose mobility is limited. Disease, injury, aging – whatever the reason, walking is not as easy as it used to be, and setting out to walk along on a path measured in miles is too daunting.
There are many books and websites that document hikes for people in good (or even very good) health. Yet there is little information for folks that are not at 100% health. 100 Steps is for those who fall into this latter category. Continued and frequent motion is a crucial part of health. Even if it’s challenging, we must strive to keep moving.
Moving more slowly or having less endurance should not prevent outdoor excursions, but extra planning is wise to ensure you tackle options that fit your individual abilities. Knowing the walk length, the terrain and steepness, and whether or not there are places to sit along the way allows you to gauge which walks are a good choice for your personal fitness level, enabling you to enjoy the journey. 100 Steps covers these details and includes photos so you can see for yourself what you may encounter – not just the pretty views!
As my mobility has declined over the years due to M.S., my husband has been a significant supporter – encouraging me to keep walking and when that was no longer possible, to continue to get out into the fresh air and imbibe in the beauty of the Oregon Coast. 100 Steps aims to do the same for you.
100 Steps is geared toward folks with limited mobility, but it is equally useful for those with limited time. Short walks in beautiful places – take your pick!
Distances on 100 Steps are measured in “steps”. For those with limited mobility miles are too far; steps are a better fit.
A step count listed next to a 100 Steps walk indicates the destination can be reached within that count, one way. Walks labeled “Strolls” have no particular destination, but usually include ample seating so you can meander. “Extended Walks” allow walking interspersed with seated resting to reach a destination farther than what is typically covered by 100 Steps.
How big are these “steps”? Originally, they were based on my own paces. Since I can no longer walk the areas my husband and I visit, I now use the Google Maps distance divided by a standard pace size of 2.2 feet for smooth, level terrain. For uneven or sloped terrain, I adjust to a smaller pace size. These counts are usually sanity-checked against my husband’s step count, taking into consideration he is tall and healthy.
Each step count starts at the parking space indicated on the destination map. This is typically the space closet to the destination. If you park farther away, your step count will increase, so you’ll want to factor that into your planning. In all cases, the count is rounded up to the nearest increment of 25. For example, 90 steps is recorded as 100 steps and 237 steps recorded as 250. These counts may not exactly match your own paces, but can still be used to determine which walks are good choices for you.
The point of 100 Steps is to encourage walking, so I don’t eliminate a destination just because it is a bit farther or does not comply with a particular criterion. You can use the provided walk details to decide on walking locations that suit you.
As my health has declined, I have migrated from a cane to (briefly) a rolling walker and eventually a wheelchair. Wanting to better accommodate a broader set of folks with movement limitations (including myself!), I expanded the details of every 100 Steps walk to include a “wheel friendly” designation. This is not an ADA rating or specific to chairs; it is my own assessment and covers all rolling mobility devices.
You will see one of these icons next to the Terrain description, depicting Yes, No, or Maybe the terrain is suitable for someone who depends on wheels. More data to help you select a walk for your outing!
I have received inquiries from location caretakers, both hired and volunteer, regarding how a particular location could be better suited for those with limited mobility. The answer is simple: Benches! Resting options can change a walk from onerous to achievable.
So much thanks to the thoughtful people who have the desire to make locations more attainable for those with limited mobility!