Perhaps the people of America should give it as a gift to Australia. It's the perfect Christmas gift!
It can be erected on Christmas Island. Liberty greeted me in November 2012 when I visited the land of dashed hopes and broken dreams. I visited America that month to run in the largest marathon in the world - the New York Marathon. I felt that this was my year to finally win a marathon race. My best ever finish in a marathon was a top 50. That was in my one and only previous attempt (I’m certain I finished in the top 50 percent). This time barring a disaster, like a hurricane, I should win – that was my dream.
Apparently the Hudson River Greenway is the most used bikeway in the US although you wouldn’t know it that day. Maybe it’s the cyclists’ day off, or Sandy’s on. Majority of the greenway pavement is about the same level as the Hudson River which leaves it at the mercy of a hurricane. Indeed when Hurricane Sandy hit, the Hudson River spilled over the sea wall along the west side promenade in Battery Park. But this isn’t the story of the hurricane. The one the marathoners came to blame.
One day I traversed about a 10km part of the greenway from Joan of arc Park to Battery Park. I had finished a short jog around Central Park (3.57 km2), the most visited city park in the United States.
After a lap around the Jackie Onassis Reservoir, I walked around a little in the Upper West Side. I braved the elements and tried to keep the chilly wind off my gitara or slender frame. But it snuffed out all the warmth of the hot pancakes and coffee I had for breakfast. The Atlantic Ocean and the partial sheltering of the Appalachians keep Manhattan Island warmer than other inland places at similar or lesser latitudes. It was only early November, but the New York city winter is already bleeding me.
But I soldiered on past Riverside Park where a young Barack Obama used to run, the soldiers monument, a dog park and marina. I shivered on parallel to the Joe DiMaggio Highway towards riverside park south. Then I came to the 90s piers past the sanitarium and Manhattan cruisers.
It was quite a ways to my destination to rendezvous with a lady in Battery Park.
At the park I finally came face to face with Liberty. I admired the great statuesque lady from a distance.
Continued in Part 2. Click here..