I have some time to clack away as w head up to cruising altitude. It’s been a busy week!
Wednesday morning Jacoby, Hot Sauce, Billy and I borrowed a van from a trail Angel and drove from Duncannon to Harrisburg. They were going to the movies and I caught a ride. The movie was 4 miles from downtown, but who cares?! That’s only a two hour walk. Grabbed a hotel and had some great Indian food.
The next morning I took the train to Penn station.
I hadn’t been in the city fort a long time and it was exciting to be there.
I walked from the station, had lunch at Chelsea Market, through the village to the REI down at Houston and Broadway, looking to swap dinner gear. But I ended up chatting with this guy who was looking to hike and didn’t know much. Lost track of time and had to go so that mission failed. BUT, while in the store, I ran into Tick Tock, who we meet in Waynesboro and last saw in the Shennies. Hardly recognized her in civilian wear. We were both pretty stunned at the coincidence.
Then I hiked up Broadway to 77th on the west side. It was blazed pretty well with lots of water sources.
Hung out with George, my host and we went to a Chinese/Cuban place for dinner.
Next morning I walked to midtown to meet my friend Eric for a coffee. Great to see him as always.
Then it was off to Grand Central to have lunch with Irish! Glad I got to see him before he headed out to do trail magic for week.
He and I walked back to REI and I was successful in getting a new pack and better poles.
We parted ways and I headed off for a head shave and beard trim in the village. It was only walking out of there did I realize how scruffy I looked. Got cleaned up for the New York/Paris week…Then walked back up to 77th.
It was nice and easy to walk around town, esp since I was eating so well.
Friday I walked to Rockefeller center to pick up the AirB&B keys, then over to the lower east side for lunch with my friend Zimra. It was great to see her after so many years.
Then back to Penn station to pick up cousin Susan.
Finally went underground and took the subway to the apartment.
Visited Chelsea market for more little amazing doughnuts. We hit the highline, which was really well done and a nice walk and then meet George for dinner at a French place nearby.
Expecting rain on Sunday, we saved the museum for then.
After a leisurely breakfast we hit the amazing Frick collection, a remarkable private collection/mansion turned into a museum. Then we tried to hit the tenement museum but got distracted by little Italy, Canal st and the village. Find genre defining chocolate chip cookies at Bird bath. Damn they are good.
Tapas for dinner and that was that.
After another relaxing breakfast it was off to the Met.
Spent most of the time in Europe paintings, of which they have an amazing collection.
But time flies and it was time to get Susan back to the train station. It all went by too fast. But it was nice to see family and a familiar face.
Then after grabbing more cookies from Bird bath and cheese at Dean and Deluca, I walked across the Brooklyn bridge for dinner with my friend Stephen and his lovely family and some friends.
Morning came and the fun and games are over…almost. Made the pilgrimage to Dominique Ansel’s, home of the Cronut. Worth the hour wait! This months flavor is key line and it was pretty amazing.
Did some errands and then it was off to JFK. Old plane but I did score the three middle seats to myself, so that’s ok.
Funny, after the city days, the trail feels far away and the next trail is still literally far away.
If all goes well, I will be in Spain tomorrow night and should be hiking again by next weekend.