I was bound and determined to find the Riverside shopping area and "historic Five Points" even if the trolley WAS in hibernation so I headed in the direction of the Jacksonville Terminal which would no doubt be a whirlwind of activity.
I was obviously getting lost so, after careful reading of several timetables at various deserted bus stops I ascertained that at least two bus routes would most likely take me to my destination which was probably no more than two stops away. After about ten minutes a bus actually arrived! Vastly relieved, I hopped on like a bunny and kept my eyes peeled for the smart shopping precinct I had read about in the brochures at my hotel. Imagine my dismay when the bus immediately lurched off the main road onto a freeway at breakneck speed and within minutes took me miles away through a series of unappetizing districts, each more drab than the last. Oh well. I had no pressing appointments until 8pm that night so if I ended up halfway across the country I had plenty of time to find my way back. After twenty minutes we turned into the grounds of a college campus. I perked up, figuring at least I could have breakfast in a student cafeteria. But no, dear reader. "CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK". Of course. I stayed on the bus for another twenty minutes but the vista was unchanging and I figured getting off here was as good as anywhere.
I bought some apples (for some reason I haven't been able to find fruit since I got here) and happily continued along the yellow brick road until I found this gorgeous park.
But considering the magnitude of the project and the short rehearsal period the entire cast triumphed, especially Harvey recreating moments from his Broadway shows ANYONE CAN WHISTLE and FOLLIES and Pamela's show-stopping "Another Hundred People" from her debut in COMPANY. She also delivered definitive readings of "Send in the Clowns" and a roof raising "I'm Still Here."
I made it safely to the airport the next morning in plenty of time and when our plane was delayed on the tarmac I closed my eyes for a moment and waited for takeoff. When I opened them again it was two and a half hours later and we were landing in New York.