It’s been a while since I’ve ridden this path regularly, off 9W and through Piermont to Nyack, north along the Hudson River, via River Road. It’s been over four years, since I’ve spent time on the bike. And when I was riding, it was all about the training, or chatting with teammates, as we rode in the park or over the GWB, and so I rarely took enough notice of my surroundings. In fact, we used to joke about racing in beautiful locals, like the Ephrata Stage Race in Pennsylvania, or Housatonic Hills in CT, or Bear Mountain…”What a beautiful course!” Yeah…Nice pavement! We spent a lot of time staring at the ground, looking for, reacting to, or initiating the next move, with no time to admire the farms, houses, countryside, or forests.