Wednesday, October 24 – Friday, October 25

The roads giveth, and the roads taketh away

A day off on Wednesday, which was fortunate as I was really run down from all the driving and greatly in need of a break.  I used the time off to get rid of some old books and junk, and made it to the gym in the late afternoon for a bench press session: 6 x 135, 6 x 185, 3 x 4 x 225, 2 x 8 x 185, 10 x 135.

Thursday and Friday could have been disastrous, but thankfully weren’t.  A 2- or 3-week construction project has started on the southbound Throgs Neck Bridge, closing the middle lane 24/7.  There’s no reprieve for rush hour traffic.  What that meant, of course, is that getting over the bridge both afternoons was a major ordeal: about 20 minutes on Thursday and (gasp!) nearly twice that long on Friday.  Using the Whitestone Bridge wasn’t an alternative because my phone’s GPS showed a very long red line heading to that crossing.

And yet … and yet … there was a whisper of hope.  It turned out that traffic on the Cross Island Parkway and the Long Island Expressway was moving very well both days.  This was especially surprising in that the bridge delays meant that I was on the Expressway closer to the center of rush hour.  Thursday’s trip home was about 2:20, Friday’s about 2:45, which is truly remarkable under the circumstances.  Combined with morning trips of under two hours, I’d have to say that the week ended on a pretty decent note.

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