Today was a rest day in Poughkeepsie. We slept in a bit and had breakfast at the Walkway Cafe. I filled up on an egg sandwich and Alan had a short-stack of blueberry pancakes. Everyone we met in Poughkeepsie asked us “Have you been to the Walkway?” We hadn’t. “The Walkway” is a 1.2 mile-long railroad bridge across the Hudson that has been converted to a pedestrian and bike bridge connecting the towns of Highland and Poughkeepsie. After breakfast, we set out for Poughkeepsie across the Walkway on unloaded bikes. We thought it was kind of funny how everyone talked about the Walkway, but I think they are justifiably proud of this landmark. It provides a terrific view of the Hudson River and is the only way to safely bike across the Hudson River for miles.
Our first stop in Poughkeepsie was the Social Security Administration to pick up verification of our social security numbers. I have two things to say about the SSA. One, I feel bad for actual retirees who have to deal with that bureaucracy, its a shame that its so difficult and time consuming to navigate. Two, I don’t actually remember what two was because of the mind-numbing amount of time I wasted there. Can’t we do better so people can get their benefits? Once we were called, it was quick for us to get what we needed and the staffer was so amused by us riding around the country. “You’re like Forrest Gump,” she said. I could only agree, stupid is as stupid does.
Next stop was TJMaxx, where I shopped for a plain black skirt. I’ve discovered that after a day of biking in the heat and humidity, changing into a lightweight black skirt at camp is more comfortable than shorts or capris. I found one I liked, and off we went to our final stop, Eastern Mountain Sports. There, I picked up another fuel tank for cooking and Alan found a new hat. After pizza lunch at La Luna, we biked back to the motel to finish curating photos and work on blog posts. On the way we saw a turkey hen in a yard with several chicks. I’ve seen more wild turkeys on this trip than ever. We’ve made a rough travel plan for the next few days, so tomorrow we’re off bright and early to Rudd Pond State Park.