I scrapped this in 2010 while at a scrap retreat & since I had my son in late '10, haven't had a chance to upload until now. Motherhood has made finding time to scrap a challenge, so this might be the last time I mat photos in quite a long while, LOL.
I did this hike May '09 w/ my good friend Ramon. The Great Saunter was particularly meaningful because not only was it a long walk around my home (Manhattan) but I had it in my head that this was the big event I had to do before I quit taking the pill (& indeed that was the case!).
Journaling for those interested: "May 2009 - I am so proud of myself for completing the Great Saunter 2009, a 32 mile hike round Manhattan’s perimeter! Hiking/environmental group Shorewalkers has held this walk for 24 yrs. I experienced NYC in an amazing way while tackling probably the biggest physical challenge I’ve ever faced! Ramon & I started at 7:45AM from South Street Seaport on the southern tip to hike clockwise round the isle, mostly along the river. Ramon took it pretty lightheartedly, hadn’t trained & hadn’t brought a pack; I walked 5-8 miles a week for a couple months prior & brought a full backpack of drinks, food, socks, 1st aid stuff etc. ** It was splendid to take in the sights, plus there were plenty of NYC park bathrooms to use along the way! ** Around 11AM we made it to Riverbank State Park (W. 145th St.), 11 miles in. I was LOVING my trail mix by then & would continue to! ** By about 15 miles in (UWS), I got that work-out feeling in my legs, while Ramon joked about needing a podiatrist. It continued to be fun chatting & exploring! ** Greg came to say hi at 181st St! (approx 13 miles), sooo sweet! ** Lunch at Inwood Hill Park (Manhattan’s northern tip) around 1:30PM, 16.2 miles. Following, we crossed Inwood to the east side. Ramon started needing breaks… ** At E 150th St, he finally had to quit (called himself “a mess”!). But he made it 20 miles - excellent!** Odd after he left… parts of E Harlem were deserted & tricky to navigate. ** Got nicer when I crossed the pedestrian bridge over the freeway at 120th St. & was walking by the river again. Awesome views & friendly chats w/ other walkers. ** By around 100th St., I started feeling foot sensations…the force of walking for that long on mostly pavement takes a toll on tendons/ ligaments… ** At the lovely Carl Schurz Park (E. 89th St. @ 25 miles), exhausted Saunterers were such contrast between the carefree parkgoers… I ate more trail mix (FUEL), pain reliever & got a 2nd wind. ** Beautiful, brilliant views in mellowing sunlight! ** The last 7 miles were rough & long…I was feeling single-minded determination to just make it through while enjoying myself too. ** By the time I passed the Williamsburg Bridge (@ Delancey St.), I felt twitches in my knees (foot sensations & lower body muscle-burning of course still present too). ** It was dark by the time I photographed the Manhattan/Brooklyn bridges, w/ hurt feet & red eyes (pollen/pollution irritation?), but I felt pure exhilaration through the last miles. And then… I have never been so happy to see the damn South Street Seaport in my entire life! I finished about 8:35PM. Got my certificate & TOOK A CAB HOME. Tired but TRIUMPHANT. I DID IT, I completed the Great Saunter!!"