The NYC pre-cation is over and we’re in Toronto testing, testing, testing as my docs get ready to open up the neck.
As always we did a lot of rushing about to get in as much as possible around the city – mostly, but not entirely around Manhattan. But on our last day we slowed down, changed hotel locations from downtown to uptown and wandered the park.
Central Park is one of my favourite places on earth. We hung out on the Sheep Meadows reading and watching Frisbee games, looked for the Dakota on the Upper Westside, wandered past Belvedere Castle and decided to finish up with a run.
Have I ever mentioned that running in Central Park is one of my favourite things to do in one of my favourite places to be?
So late Tuesday night, in the sweltering heat, Paul and I went for a run up and around the Jacquie O Reservoir. I don’t run outside anymore as the bouncing kills the neck but for this I made an exception – one I’m still feeling two days later.
But here’s the choice; a less sore neck or a really sore neck from sharing the view from the reservoir – of Manhattan and the Dakota and the Chrysler building and Harlem and the Upper East Side and one of the world’s greatest urban experiments… – with thousands of runners and walkers from the world over engrossed in conversations you can only overhear in NYC? I’ll always go with the really sore neck.
Then we hit the smoothie stand in Columbus Circle and finished with a proper drink in the clubby Ritz Carlton bar, where we watched the air kisses steam up the rococco mirrors while sipping our excellent but over-priced drinks and nibbling cashews.
What a great day.