We thought we had spent our last night in the van already, but luckily we got to do it again in CT, and loved every hot noisy second of it. Then we sped down the coast toward NYC, but stopped in Stony Creek to dip our feet in the Atlantic!
We saddled up and headed for The Big City–I was the designated city driver, but thankfully we were on “s”–I went through and made playlists in alphabetical order on my ipod–so we had Sting and Stuart Murdoch to soothe us as I navigated the Williamsburg Bridge and lower Manhattan and SoHo.
We figured it all out okay, and arrived safe at Fred’s apartment in SoHo! Then he took us on an amazing walk through Battery City, to the new Freedom Tower, to the lower East Side, Chinatown, Little Italy, and back around SoHo. Probably 8 miles? A wonderful change of pace from sitting in the car all day. Then we met Travis for pizza at Lombardi’s (which has some claim to fame about being the first pizza something or another) and more walking! Then Grady came down to meet us, looking fresh in his business attire, and we caught up for a while. It was wonderful to see friends in a city so chock full of people we don’t know, especially since we were pretty tired of the road, and ready to be back in the Old Dominion!
Then we headed up to the Hamptons for a day to stay with the Delaney’s, the Merrills, and Allie, which was very relaxing and very wonderful! We got a tour of a gargantuan house that was being remodeled down the street–something like 11 bedrooms? rents for $75,000 a week!–and had a wonderful time catching up with old friends–or meeting new ones!
Then it was off to Charlottesville! Ironically–or maybe appropriately–the last day of driving was hands doen the very worst, with TONS of traffic and BUCKETS of rain. We didn’t even want to calculate how much time we lost to traffic. We eventually made it safe to DC (Marg drove the whole time! What a champ!), picked up Jacob (Feldman) and struck out for Charlottesville, arriving around 11pm! I dropped off Marg and headed to my street, where I found that about 8378458745029 fratstars were there to welcome me home! Or maybe it was just midsummers…there’s some debate.
But we are definitely back, and if you check this again in a month or two (as if anyone will remember to do that!) we’ll put up our REAL pictures (Marg and I both shoot film) and some more poems. Thanks for sharing our trip with us!
And a small shameless plug–I got the blogging bug and am starting a food blog– http://www.getyourheadoutoftheoven.wordpress.com –it’s in the incipient stages right now–but I promise a delicious pie posting soon!