Alleluia! We’ve finished the first half

Well almost, anyway. We arrived at friend Anna’s in Brooklyn, NY last night and have only a few short miles to walk down to the Atlantic to complete the first half when the rain stops. Today we did little more than rest and go out to supper. Oh, we did a lot of Internet surfing for our next steps too.
 
After Peekskill we walked high up a mountain valley to get around a car-only parkway crossing a bay on the Hudson. In the end we walked across the dam capturing the water for New York City. My feet screamed at me as we neared the end of the day and so much climbing up and down. We spent the night in the Mariandale Retreat Center in Ossining where we were invited to take part in a retreat. We spent the next day at that same retreat. It was a very good time for the retreat and for the stop. We sat out rain as we renewed ourselves internally. We enjoyed the people running the place and our fellow retreatants. The next day we walked to Hastings-on-the-Hudson along the old aqueduct that carried water to the City and along Broadway (US9). We were aiming for Yonkers but Betsy stopped us along the road and offered us food and a place to stay for the night in her home. We accepted gratefully and had a wonderful time talking the evening away.
 
In the morning we had a wonderful walk down Broadway through Yonkers and The Bronx. It was an amazing walk through the cities that those up the river told us were not the best places to walk. Dangerous, you know. By the end of the day we had walked to L Hostel in Harlem on upper Manhattan. The people in L Hostel welcomed us warmly as they herd of our walk and the manager upgraded our booked room. The place was really clean and inexpensive by New York City standards. If I come back to the city without a place to stay, we’ll stay at L Hostle. They even found us an Ethiopian restaurant just six blocks away.
 
On our last day, we walked down 7th avenue into Central Park, took a circuitous tour of the park, walked down through the theater district on the Avenue of the Americas, and rejoined Broadway for our final curse through Manhattan. We saw the many faces of Broadway those two days. So many faces. So many different people. So many different neighborhoods. It was overload even for me and I have been here before. Petra kept saying, “So many people.”
 
We left Manhattan via the Brooklyn Bridge, an adventure in its own right. The Statue of Liberty and Governor’s Island along with the Verazzano Bridge were clearly among the many sites. Soon we were welcomed by Anna at her home in Brooklyn. We have finished the first half of this Pilgrimage.

8 Comments »

  • 1

    CONGRATULATIONS to you. This is Calif. calling. We talked about you tonight at our german dinner meeting for our xmas party on the 20 December. Would you a place at our table again like last year.

    All Alex and I can say is CONGRATULATION again for making it this far. We are so glad you missed the big storm that is going accross the USA that started in Calif. We been having frost but very little rain which we need most. I look at your web-site every evening before saying goodnight.

    Take care you two and GOD be with you.

    Your friends Helga and Alex

    Comment by Alex & Helga Zanini — Wednesday, December 9, 2009 @ 11:50 pm

  • 2

    Dear Petra and Mike,

    Congratulations on your first half, I knew you could do it!!
    Hope you can take a short break before you fly to Portugal and start the second half. I wish you all the best and I keep following you on the website as I promised. Remember me I am from B&B Simple Pleasures in Thamesford Canada the B&B with the “Dutch touch”. Keep healty and safe on your pilgrimage.
    Take care,
    Martha Arts Thamesford Canada

    Comment by Martha Arts — Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 7:11 am

  • 3

    Yay. I’m glad you finished the first half safely.

    Comment by Mom — Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 9:52 am

  • 4

    Congratulations has a nice sound, but considering what you two have accomplished already, it is inadequate. It was a real pleasure to meet you on the Illinois trail & again in Wisconsin. I really do admire the consistency & sustainability of your travel & how it is the trip rather than the destination that is important. Best wishes for the future & I’ll continue to travel with you. Take care jim

    Comment by jim bragg — Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 4:28 pm

  • 5

    We areExcited for you both that you have walked across these United States.
    Did Petra’s cart hold up for the finale?

    You two have proven that man kind is a lot more honest and kind than we give ourselves credit for.
    We have to much fear in our minds and it constricts us.
    I am sure you have restored faith in “us” for a lot of people.

    Enjoy your winter grounds and hope the foot feels better real soon.
    Bill and Jeanette.

    Comment by Bill and Jeanette Williams — Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 8:14 pm

  • 6

    Mike and Petra,

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you! Such an adventure, and now you can look back after your first major milestone with pride. There’s still a long road ahead, but I bet it doesn’t seem as daunting. Now that you are heading for the European portion of your journey, Petra should add some posts in German. That way I can practice! I’m very excited for you, and look forward to the next leg of your journey.

    Buen camino!

    Thomas

    Comment by Thomas — Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 9:44 am

  • 7

    Mike and Petra,

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you! Such an adventure, and now you can look back after your first major milestone with pride. There’s still a long road ahead, but I bet it doesn’t seem as daunting. Now that you are heading for the European portion of your journey, Petra should add some posts in German. That way I can practice! I’m very excited for you, and lookng forward to the next leg of your journey.

    Buen camino!

    Thomas

    Comment by Thomas — Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 9:45 am

  • 8

    Dear Mike and Petra,
    I have so enjoyed your walk thus far and look forward to the rest of your adventure. It has been such an interesting contrast as we toil away stuffing our vacuums while you both have toiled away freeing yourselves of the very things we accumulate. Ah, to see the world, people, and life through your eyes is an adventure in itself.
    Congratulations seems so inadequate for your accomplishment so bask in the warmth you both must feel, be safe, and please keep us by-standers in the loop.
    Thank you!

    Comment by Patti Richardson — Saturday, December 12, 2009 @ 10:05 am

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