Global warming has its upside in Connecticut. Was riding in a t-shirt today and got a full winter dose of vitamin D. Meandered over to the Heublein Tower in Simsbury, via the Hockanum River path. I picked up the path just off of Roberts Street by Rogo Distributors. This is further east than I usually pick up the trail, and this portion of the trail is a bit newer and more technical than the rest of the Hockanum segments. Since I was at full expedition pace, I noticed several great views that I'd missed on faster trips. Someone did a pretty good job clearing the trail of fallen trees - thanks - and it looked like the trail was getting quite a bit of bike use.
Met up with friends and Heublein Tower and enjoyed the gusty views from the ridge. First time I'd noticed the glass in the door. I think Valerie rubbed off a bit and now I notice unique glass and windows more often.
While meandering back through Hartford I took Park Street, which is one of my recent favorites due to the hustle and bustle. Hooked a right on Pope Park Highway since I'd never been down that way before. The street runs past the ice house and Lyman kitchen store that are visible from I-84. There is also an interesting looking nightclub - Divi Divi's - which the internet tells me is a gay dance club. Will have to check it out, as I've found that gay clubs tend to have enthusiastic dancers, so I don't stick out like I usually do. Across the street was a new little park with some unique sculptures, windy metal garden, a great spot to take in the sunset.
Just a block from my place in East Hartford someone had put out a couple boxes of freecycle home goods. Being the scrounger that I am, I circled back with trailer in tow and scored some excellent items to outfit my soon to be Hartford condo. Check out the two Polish plates. Score!