Tuesday–July 27, 2021
Location–Seven Lakes Drive (second crossing), then to Bear Mountain Bridge Motel, Fort Montgomery, NY, AT Mile 1,401.8
Mosey has a full breakfast prepared and set for us right at six. After, we linger, collecting all our belongings we’ve managed to scatter around. She’s left to shuttle hikers to the trail and we wait her return before departing for the final time.
Mosey what a great time I’ve had, my sojourn here at your fine “Place.” The special place you have in your caring heart for we intrepid is truly a blessing. Goodbye dear friend! Remember, you’ve promised to come visit me when I return to Flagg Mountain.
Barry gets us (Potato Chip, St. Paul, and me) back on trail. We’ve a dandy of a climb first thing, through the rocks, up and over Black Mountain. The New York City skyline is supposedly visible from the bluffs atop Black, but smoke from fires out west has everything around in a dense haze–so, no views of Gotham today.
My energy level has waned the past few days, yesterday more so, and especially today. My legs have been under me for the longest time now and I’ve been able to make long, hard climbs, like up Black Mountain without stopping, no problem. But this morning I must interrupt my climb numerous times–to rest. What should have been a short, relatively easy day has taken me over five hours, to cover just a little over seven miles.
Early afternoon we check into the Bear Mountain Bridge Motel in Fort Montgomery where Barry’s made previous arrangements. A trip to the post office, then I have him drive me across the Bear Mountain Bridge to the Hudson River Health Center in Peekskill. Seeing the physician here, the diagnosis is what I expected–Lyme Disease. I suffered a tick bite five days ago, and the past two days the classic annular inflammatory ring has become more and more evident. The cure, hopefully, will be two weeks of Doxycycline 100mg four times/day.
Back at our room, Grandpa, proprietor of Bear Mountain Inn Motel, has recommended Richie’s Little Place for supper. A fine time!
Bad news on a really good day. Time to suck it up old man…
Continuous, unflagging effort, persistence and determination will win.
Let not the man be discouraged who has these.
(James Whitcomb Riley)