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Accompanied by Springsteen & Heading Home

Walking’s a lot easier, and my shoe is less snug. Means my foot is not as swollen with help from compression hose. Ugh. Putting the hose on my surgical leg is easier with the sock helper; removing it is another story. Still, I persist and so far have walked 14 miles in two weeks.

Shared use path, I’m getting ready for you! The above photo was taken last year en route to the opening ceremony for the westbound span.

And as the path takes shape, and the eastbound span nears completion, there remains the Tappan Zee Bridge. Cuts in the truss can only mean one thing, so I’m going to wax nostalgic and go back in time. For everyone who considers Rockland County “upstate,” this is for you:

October 1975. “Born to Run” is blasting on the bus radio, as we Westchesterites and Long Islanders fly through Rockland County. The SUCO bus left Oneonta at 4 p.m., and we’re due to arrive at the County Center at 8:30 p.m.

Then we see it, the Tappan Zee Bridge. While I’m glad to be back for the weekend — and looking forward to catching up with friends I’ve not seen in two months — I’m unprepared for the little shiver that runs through me.

I chose the upstate New York college for its nutrition program, then wondered what made me think chemistry would be easier than in high school? The following year I transferred to community college, switched majors, and worked part-time.

The bridge was nearly 20, the average age on that bus; Bruce, not much older.

It was a chartered bus, where you step up into seats on either side of the aisle; above them, compartments hold luggage and coats. In those seats, some teenagers are dozing, some are watching the bridge — illuminated against the dark sky — move closer, others are belting out, “Tramps like us baby we were born to run!”

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Logging Miles before the Bridge Path Opens

It was raining by the time I got home last night, the sixth shared use path boot camp mile behind me.

Yes, readers, I’m getting ready for when the path opens next year as I plan to walk across one of the Hudson River’s widest points. The distance will be more than 3.1 miles when you include the Westchester and Rockland landings.

I’ve walked for exercise during the past few years, even when my knee and hip began to groan. The new hip joint, six and one-half weeks old today, helped me walk six miles during the past three days (two miles in one-mile stints every other day). Goal is to work up to two miles at a time, then three miles at a time.

These are in addition to walking for errands, etc. We’re talking pre-SUP training.

While the above photo courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority is from last November, it’s nice to know the path will be well-lit for those who want to bicycle or walk during shorter days and/or dusk. Hours are to be determined.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Missing our Rides and Spending Time Together

It’s all about perception. A little more than 18 months ago, mom and I took a drive north. It was August, and we wanted to enjoy the warm weather. Yes, it will return.

We stopped at a viewing area off one of the local roads and discovered this rock.

Someone made a great effort to get to that rock to write on it. It’s surrounded by greenery, maybe some of it Poison ivy, and might have been a dangerous trek.

Now look at it from this angle: it’s behind a guard rail, down a very steep incline and surrounded by who-knows-what. Someone really wanted to write on that rock. That’s determination.

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Mom’s coming home next month. Our last drive to Memorial Park was this time last year. She has yet to ride across the new bridge that she watched being built. Soon enough.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Looking Back a Few Months, a Few Years

Missing you very much/Photographer: mom or Spence or me

Four years ago today, my dad passed away. I’ll never forget that phone call or the voice that said, “I have bad news for you.” When I arrived at the hospital I yelled at her and told the head doctor she ought to be fired.

What did happen was I asked mom if it was OK to do as I would have done Friday, and she said yes, dad would have wanted me to.

The next day was the mass transit task force meeting; the group recommended bus rapid transit. A friend bought two dozen roses for mom and me. I was trying to make arrangements in between listening as I’d brought a tape recorder.

I miss dad more than I did that day. Today was busy yet I wasn’t distracted enough to forget its importance.

Nearly finished with a story about infrastructure and the bridge project and will be back to regularly posting shortly.

By the by: the first span of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge opened six months ago yesterday, the second span will open this year, and a new bus system will begin four new routes in the fall.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Progress since First Span opened last August

Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge and Tappan Zee Bridge credit Tom Kaminski / WCBS Chopper 880

At the top of the photo, you can see cuts in the Tappan Zee Bridge; here’s why.

Did you hear it? The whoosh of time going by: January marked five years since the Thruway Authority issued Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) Notice To Proceed.

The westbound span’s been open nearly six months, and the maintenance facility and new police barracks are under way. Crews are dismantling the Tappan Zee Bridge, which looks tiny next to its replacement. Mom and I rode across the bridge last February, when more than half the stay cables were in place. She’d asked what the towers and blue girders were and if we were going to drive on it.

Yes, we will, mom. When you come home, I’ll take you in the car and drive across the new bridge to Memorial Park to eat ice cream and gaze at the river view.

New state police barracks will be ready for move-in day when bridge opens this year/NYSTA

Meantime, crews are working on the maintenance facility that you pass on the right driving westbound, and the new state trooper barracks just before Exit 9 and to the far right of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

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