How about calling Old Island Highway Bounty Lane?

Most mornings of the year I ride along the sea walk, on my bicycle, to keep my aging body in shape.

Half the year I need lights and reflective gear because it is dark. Waking up on many winter days the noisy southraster gives me a sense of joy knowing that, for half the way, the mighty wind will push me along as I travel north from Erickson to 2nd avenue.  In spring and summer I frequently have to buck into a northwesterly breeze along that same route. The extra work is good for the muscles but hard on the emotions. Sunday morning I decided to let the prevailing northwest wind help me on my way by reversing my regular route, to ride along the Oceanside from 2nd to Erickson.

The sun was just peeking over the Eastern Coast range as I hit the new section of sea walk/ highway between Rockland and Hilchey. It is stunning.  What a wonderful improvement to that mile or so of Sea walk/ Highway.

I want to thank all those in our community and beyond who played a part to improve this section of Highway 19A. It was a heck of a lot of work. The”seaside” landscaping, attractive new pump station, widened sea walk and everything else are close to “excellent” , in my estimation. Many persons from all walks of life are frequently seen enjoying this stretch of roadway. It is a rare scenic pleasure, which any community would be privileged to have.

I raise my coffee cup, in a breakfast toast to the person(s) who came up with this “improvement” idea, the team that designed and made it happen, the financial folks who pursued the monies, the various government bodies that provided the capital and the people who did the actual work. THANK YOU!

If there is a suggestion box for ideas to re-name this short stretch of splendor, please put in “Bounty Lane” on my behalf.

D. McGillis

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