Saturday March 3, 2007 was a cold
day, winter just doesnít want to go away quickly. Even though it was
still cold at least it was a nice sunny day, perfect for a hike. Both
Pete and Bob joined me for this hike.
Pete wanted to get a haircut and he
goes to this barbershop on Rochester Road on the north side of town. We
decided to park somewhere near Peteís barbershop and Bob and I would walk
while Pete was inside. Then after Pete was done we would do some more
hiking around the downtown area before stopping somewhere for lunch.
Pete drove and we did indeed park in
this little lot right behind the barbershop. Pete went inside and Bob and
I headed south. We passed an elderly lady that was out walking enjoying
the day. She was wearing a large purple scarf to help keep her warm on
this cool windy day. We had only gotten about ĺ of a mile when Bob
realized he didnít have his blue thin hood that he wears over his head
when it is cold. He was sure he had brought it with him and was afraid it
might have fallen out of his pocket or maybe he just left it in Peteís
car. We decided to double back going the same way we had come to see if
we could find the blue hood.
We were almost back to the car when
Pete called me on my cell phone. I was wondering why Pete would be
calling so soon. He was already done and calling to let us know he was
done. They must have been able to get Pete seated right away because we
certainly werenít gone very long. Turns out we didnít find Bobís blue
hood on our way back, but it was in Peteís car. Once Bob got the hood the
three of us were back out walking. I guess it was fortunate that Bob and
I returned so quickly while looking for the blue hood, otherwise we might
have been a couple miles away when Pete called.
After Peteís haircut we moved the
car to another lot just a little further south. We parked near a new
place called Jox Sports Bar. Ironically I think Jox is located where
another old Irish pub used to be. We thought about trying our Jox, but it
was closed. I donít know if it wasnít open for business yet or maybe they
just didnít open for lunch on Saturdays. We looked in the windows and the
place looked dirty. Needless to say we didnít end up eating at Jox.
As we walked around downtown
Rochester we talked about our options for lunch. We finally settled on
Gus OíConnorís Irish Pub. We had been to this place before, but not very
often. The few times I have been there the food has been good, but on the
expensive side. And, me being cheap it is hard for me to justify going
somewhere that is more expensive than one of my favorite places. For a
change of pace and due to convenience we decided to have lunch at Gus
OíConnorís. It wasnít real busy, but for some reason service was very
slow. My meal was OK, not great more on the average side. Neither Pete
of Bob much cared for their meals. I think it may be a while before we go
back to this place, if ever. It does have a nice atmosphere inside and
doesnít seem too smoky, but when the service is bad and the food just
average it is very difficult to justify higher than normal pricing.
We made the short hike back to
Peteís car in a matter of just a few minutes, ending our hiking for this
day. I think this may have been the first time I saw Pete without a dew
rag, he was showing off his new haircut. Looking at Peteís haircut I can
see why he was done so soon. He got it cut really short all over. Almost
like a buzz cut.
Following are the statistics from
this hike, I estimate, and I am really estimating here because I really
donít have a good feel for how far we hiked this day, we went around 4.0