It was delightful to get up on Saturday morning and have absolutely no plans. I had a yummy bowl of fresh fruit, granola and yogurt at The Grey Dog in Chelsea. Then I took my large iced coffee to the Hudson River Park and sat down to read the Times.
Within a few minutes, it occurred to me this would be a perfect day to do something I'd had on my list: rent a bike and ride the path along the Hudson to Riverside Park. In a few minutes, I was biked up and ready to go! I got some nice people to take my photo somewhere around the 40s. Even better, they offered me some of their individually packaged sunblock towelettes.
"Is this the end of the bike path?" I asked a woman carrying her bike up the stairs.
"Well, this is pretty much the end of Manhattan, so yeah, I think it is the end of the bike path!" she said as she hopped in her saddle and started pedaling south.
I turned around and went back to the bridge/lighthouse area, where I rested in the shade, reapplied more sunblock from those nice people, and called my mother to report my triumph. I knew she'd get a kick out of it, since I was near the area where we'd had brunch with Barbara in June.
After turning in the bike (total cost: $18, including lock, helmet, basket and map), I inhaled an absolutely scrumptious salad at Organicoa on Christopher Pier: grilled chicken, arugula, avocado, cucumbers, tomatoes and lemon vinaigrette.
What a wonderful day!