The Highway

Back to the highway…

The day’s walk was comfortable enough. No real pains or discomforts to be concerned about. My feet are feeling close to blistering and my shoulders are a bit raw around the collarbones.

I made it to a flee bag hotel in Oakland – there’s not many to chose from around here. The few that are in this area are very high end.

I’m feeling a little uneasy about the miles of neighborhood I must now get past. Everything is segmented into square blocks and that will add a lot of mileage if I’m not careful. I’m looking for a more direct route to Sacramento. It’s not only coyotes who are displeased about the encroachment of civilization.

Yesterday's laundry drying over the air-conditioner/heater held to the curtains by the safety pins mom slipped into my belongings.
Yesterday’s laundry drying over the air-conditioner/heater held to the curtains by the safety pins mom slipped into my belongings.

Land’s End

A friendly dog walker

It was a day full of surprises…

Uber is without a doubt amazing. And its website should be given credit for making it so.

But the two times I used it, here in the city of its origin, which I might add did add a sense of nostalgia to it, did both times raise levels of frustration.

But the price and the kindness of the first driver, I ended up taking the bus the second time, made up for all its short comings – including when the bus let me off several miles further than I wanted to go….which is no trite matter when you’ve got fifty pounds on your back.

So, I started at Land’s End – a welcome unintended change in my plan, actually. I happily meandered along the shaded trails established above a precipitous coastline which eventually turns into the southern embankment of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I shared the path with dog walkers and joggers enjoying the delightful morning.  One of the above dog walkers was Valery, who I asked directions to my departure’s original location, The Legion Of Honor Museum.

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Now, whether it’s by design or by chance – I’ll never know – but while I’m taking pictures on the front steps of the museum I see Valery again, and she invites me to join her to see the exhibit as a member’s guest. What a treat! An extensive collection of Pierre Bonnard and Raphael’s, Girl With Unicorn are on display. Thank you, Valery –– I go, inspired!