The drizzle continued as I followed Military Road back into Neutral Bay, but I left my compact umbrella in my travel-vest pocket.
I smiled as I passed many restaurants filled with diners.
Soon, I was crossing back over the Warringah Freeway, re-entering St. Leonards Park and heading back to Miller Street.
I was almost back down the slope of Miller Street to the Rag & Famish Hotel when the drizzle turned into rain.
I pulled over to the steps of one of the high-rise buildings just before the Rag & Famish, put on my backpack’s wet-weather cover and took out my umbrella.
I briefly considered walking another 10 minutes or so to North Sydney Station and getting a train back across Sydney Harbour…but I decided to press on with my walk across the Harbour instead.
It was only rain, after all.
I shouldered my backpack, raised my umbrella and resumed walking.
It was now around 8:30pm, and North Sydney was mostly closed and quiet.
Soon I was heading down the slope of the Pacific Highway past Greenwood Plaza, and entering Milsons Point.
Yet again, similar to when I had last walked this route nine months before, many memories flooded back from the 2000s when I had walked home from my then office in North Sydney hundreds of times along this way.
The rain continued as I headed south through Milsons Point, and once again arrived at the awe-inspiring sight of the night-time Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Soon after I began crossing the Bridge, and about half an hour later I was across the Harbour and in The Rocks.
The rain still continued as I headed south into the CBD, and later south-west as I made it home.
It had taken just under two hours to walk all the way home from Cremorne.
I was wet all over.
But I was happy. Even in rain, a walk like that is always worth it, and the memory will remain with me forever.
That memory makes me smile now as I type this over a month later.
The week after I completed that walk, I suddenly found myself embarking on an adventure to another favourite place that, at first, was filled with excitement and hope.
Unfortunately, both of those feelings would dim during that trip, and then fade afterwards.
And in the weeks that have followed since then, life has become somewhat meh overall.
I may or may not write about this in my next few posts. We’ll see.
But what the last few weeks have reinforced is the value of spending a day doing things like indulging in long meals at fondly-remembered restaurants, and enjoyable night-time long-walks in the rain.
It’s those experiences, and the memories they provide, that help keep you going through the meh.
Until next time, stay well and take care 🙂