I'm lucky. Through blogging I've gotten to meet many wonderful people. Today was another gem.
I spent the day with Aimee who, in addition to having a cool name, is one of the most interesting people I've ever met. She's smart, talented, informed about numerous subjects, and a pleasure to be with. We talked for six hours non-stop and it felt like five minutes. Aimee showed me Troy, an industrial town whose heyday was a century ago. Now, it's decaying while some struggle to revive it. We enjoyed the old buildings, chic boutiques and Farmers' Market on a lovely day that magically avoided rain in its forecast.
We had lunch in an exceptional restaurant on par with any in NYC. My Egg's Benedict was topped with blackened catfish, an addition I've never encountered before. Scrumptious.
Life is rarely all good, however. The ride up was challenging. I got soaked in two heavy rainstorms -- but that wasn't the worst part. The hardest section was an hour of stop-and-go traffic on the dreaded Cross Bronx Expressway. Everyone in New York knows this road to be the most congested in the city but I foolishly chose to endure it. In 85-degree heat in full motorcycle gear. I literally sweated off ten pounds. And my left hand, which had to pull in the clutch constantly for an hour without relief, ached something awful. But as bikers say, it was still better than staying home. And if it was the price to pay to meet someone as amazing as Aimee, I forked over the tariff and consider myself lucky.