We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
After much collaborative discussion and email, Bird Dog has mentioned our urban hike will take place April 23rd, rain or shine. We have a limited number of open weekends, so we have to take advantage of the ones which are available. I've walked the city many times in the rain, BD has it right when he says we are waterproof. Of course, we all prefer the shine, so we'll have to hope the weather authorities favor us.
Our starting point will be Dunkin' Donuts at 140 Delancey St. Why not? The march will begin at 10 AM, so be there before then. A little coffee and sugar is good to get your motor running. End point will be Grant's Tomb - if we survive the march and get that far.
Some hikers will flake off, I suspect, at various points but it would be cool if many of us could make it to Grant before it gets too late. We'll have to hustle along like a serious posse.
More details below the fold -
As BD wrote, the path will meander around the LES, taking in some
sights and sites, such as the Angel Orensanz Synagogue, Katz' Deli (Buy a
Salami for your boy in the Army!), the site of the old CBGB/OMFUG (of
limited appeal to some, but I'm an aging punk rocker, and I never got
there), Tompkin's Square Park, Webster Hall, Pete's Tavern (of Lite Beer
fame, the walk should be more taste), Gramercy Park, shooting up 3rd
If possible, we can pass by St. Patrick's, then we'll grab a bite from the food trucks
around Central Park at Grand Army Plaza, pass through the Park and up to
St. John the Divine and finish at Grant's Tomb. The walk alone maps
out to 9.1 miles and can take about 3 1/2 hours non-stop. I'm sure
there will be many stops.
Here is a quick look at a potential path.
Unfortunately, Google Maps limits the number to sites and the number
of changes you can make, so it seems we won't walk through Central Park,
though we definitely will. If you've got any other sites or sights to
add along this path, please feel free to share!