Ah, so nice to be back home.
It's taken me all week to start getting back into my own timezone.
I don't "do" timezones very well. Add to that a 4 hour delay going back and a 2 hour delay coming home and you've got yourself no joy.
But it was a good visit and worth the pain of travel.
Got a couple of days in on the stationary in the folks' building's gym.
And I really just have to give it up for Mrs S.
I brought up the idea of renting a couple of bikes and riding around Central Park which is closed to traffic on the weekends. But it just didn't look like it was going to fit into our schedule. Well, that's cool BUT Mrs S. -Mrs S, mind you- won't let it go. She pushed and pushed and I caved so we reserved a couple of bikes on Tuesday for that Saturday. Now I have something to look forward to . (N.B. the bike rental was affiliated with a Triathalon shop and in the window and lining a wall top and bottom: Colnagos of every shape, size, and configuration. I had to ask. "I don't suppose you rent those out, do you?" )
As Saturday approached we watched the weather.
There was a LOT of "weather" going on last week. Wow.
Rain Saturday... No, Sunday... no, Saturday.... no, Showers Saturday... finally, possible scattered showers Saturday... and Mrs S is still not backing out. Well.
So, we go down on Saturday to get the bikes and we have our 6.2 mile loop around the Park to follow. What we did not know what that Central Park is not level. At all. And, recall, Mrs S doesn't fancy hills, up or down. Down we went, heading up town on the East Side and just before well went around and headed down the West Side, we hit the hill. A winding, 1/4 mile climb of about 4 or 5% (maybe more, I don't really know) and just like a couple of weeks ago, she mumbled and she was breathing and working but she got to the top. She was pretty pleased. And we went around again. The hill was easier this time but it's still a climb but she followed me up. I was able to find a gear that would let me spin but keep her pace so we could ride up together. I gave her some encouragement and found out pretty quickly that she just wanted the company. Quiet company So, we made it back around and she says "OK, I'll do that hill ONE more time and then we find a different route to ride". So, I said, "We don't have to go up again. We could find a way around it. In fact, I kind of want to see..." "I said we can do it ONE more time!" Mrs S is ASKING to go up the hill. Alright!
And some point we stopped to see the weather observatory at Belvedere Castle. Turns out we kind of crashed some wedding. Check out those Scotts!
In all my glory, on the roof of the Castle. Notice the ToC jersey? California bred and proud of it. Take that N'Yawkers!
As many times as we've visited the park, we've never visited Strawberry Fields.
Since the loop passed right by W. 72nd, we took the exit.
Give Mrs S a sign and she will pose for you