By Sonjie Johnson
Pick a day. Any day, at Como Lake, 7 or 8 in the morning. Ask another regular walker if they’ve seen Bobby and they’ll know exactly who you mean. “Bobby?” They’ll smile. Bobby Logan. He’s the guy walking briskly on the bike path, 365 days a year, seven days a week – three times around Como Lake, before heading back to his home on Hamline. Bobby begins his 7 mile walk at five or six a.m. He walks fast and he does all the hills. Bobby’s been doing this route for close to 50 years.
Everyone has a story, and Bobby’s is a good one. Not only a popular route walker, Bobby was also a popular Metro Transit driver for 39 years. #769, retired in 2014. Through all those years working, rain or snow, Bobby still walked his seven miles. He says it clears
his head. It’s not exaggeration to say that Bobby is every walker’s favorite. Always a happy greeting, always willing to stop for a few seconds to chat.
The day I walked around once with him, he pointed me to a bench close to the Como Blvd Parkway parking lot – a memorial bench to his sister, Mary, who also walked Como Lake seven miles a day. Seven days a week. 365 days a year, until she passed in 2008. The family maintains the bench in her honor.
Bobby’s is an early bird story, but if you walk consistently at the same time every day, you’ll get to know other walkers, other stories. The beauty of the Como Lake community lies in its friendliness, its good mornings, its have a good day. Sometimes a friendly greeting, a smiling face is all one needs to make that good day a reality.