Why Long Cut Travels?
I spent the last couple of weeks traveling for business. I spent 3 days in San Antonio, TX and another 5 days in Cleveland, OH.
In San Antonio, I stayed at the Omni La Mansion del Rio Riverwalk. The hotel is nice enough and it’s a prime location. By now, most people have heard of the Riverwalk in San Antonio, but this was my first visit.
I was in San Antonio for work and we spent 11 hours a day in a conference room in the hotel. There wasn’t a single window in the beige room. I found time to take a 5 am jog one morning along the Riverwalk and that was nice. I once called them “runs”, but I don’t think what I do qualifies as a run any longer. It was a warm morning with a slight mist of rain. It was quiet and I only ran into a couple of other joggers and a couple of homeless people sleeping on benches. The Riverwalk offers a very different experience a few hours later in the day.
The last morning in San Antonio I took a walk to the Alamo. It was only a 10 minute walk from the hotel. Again, I visited at 5 am and I was the lone visitor. The Alamo was roped off, but I was able to get within a few feet of the main building. I’m sure it’s a chaotic scene when the tourist flood the area, but it’s peaceful in the early morning.
I was able to have a couple of nice evening meals on the Riverwalk with 20 or so colleagues. I enjoyed Mexican dishes both nights, but I spent most of my time wondering what Suze might have ordered. We love us some Mexican food!
I’ve visited Cleveland for work a number of times, but I’ve never had time to go to the Rock-in-Roll Hall of Fame. What? I’ve never explored the downtown or any of the neighborhoods. I’ve never even visited the Lake Erie water front.
Suze and I love walking cities. We often spend full days walking, 10 or more miles in a day, when visiting a new city. It’s a great way to get a feel for a city, it’s culture, and it’s food.
When traveling for work I always take the most direct route - I always take every short-cut. I spend long days with customers in meetings, and I’m normally too tired to take advantage of my location. I always leave feeling I’ve wasted a great opportunity.
No more short-cuts for us. We will take the back roads and visit the small towns. We will take our time and immerse ourselves in the places we visit. We will slow down and take advantage of our beautiful State and National Parks. We won’t be in a hurry to get home. We’re already home! We are Long Cut Travels.