Semi-Saunter 2021

New York, NY, USA

Henry Hudson Bridge

The Henry Hudson Bridge seen from Inwood Hill Park

New York, NY, USA

One of the casualties of the pandemic has been the annual Great Saunter, a hike around Manhattan organized by the Shorewalkers group. In the last years before COVID-19 arrived to make us all miserable, the Great Saunter used to attract several hundred walkers. Now, of course, a gathering of that size would be viewed as an unacceptable health risk, so Shorewalkers have scaled back the operation.

It’s still possible to walk the full thirty-two miles, either alone or as part of a group of limited size. But Shorewalkers have also introduced the notion of a ‘virtual’ Saunter, made up of smaller walks. Back in the spring, I joined a walk that followed the Saunter route up the east side of Manhattan, from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal to Inwood Hill Park. Today, I completed the circuit, starting where I left off in May and walking down the west side of the island to the Ferry Terminal.