After a very long day of riding Brian and I finally made it to the George Washington Bridge around 8:30 pm.
We opted for a short snack of fruits and nuts to save time due to our concerns about riding through the city at night; inevitably we would need to do so anyway.
As we began to cross the bridge, our anxiousness soon turned to excitement. The view of the city was amazing and the realization of the moment filled me with adrenaline. We had made it!
The first leg of riding took us along the Hudson River Greenway, a series of parks and pave bike path that runs almost the entire west side of the city. The view of the river was beautiful and people were out everywhere enjoying the weekend weather.
BBQ’s, concerts, waterside restaurants: there were endless activities going on, and got to sample all of them as we slowly rolled south.
When we reached our turn to head off the path, toward the bridge that would take us to Brooklyn, we waited at a cross walk with another biker.
I said hi and out of impulse asked him if he was heading to Brooklyn. He said yes but was a bit put off when I asked if we could follow him there.
I quickly explained who we were and the whole situation and he immediately changed his tune. What followed was some of the most intense city riding.
Recky, our impromptu guide, ha us running reds, rolling stop signs, and riding backwards up one way streets! All I could think was, “this guys is nuts! I hope he knows what he’s doing.”. To add to the drama, my read tire had begun to leak ever so slowly, and I had to struggle to keep up.
After 10-15 mins of that madness, we arrived at the Williamsburg bridge. It was pretty smooth sailing from there, ad we slowly made our way to my sister’s apartment in Clinton Hill.
When we arrived Kate and her roommates, Nick and Steph, were there to great us. They also made us some really rocking fajitas!
The next day we meandered around he city and got to hang with Kate on her day off (a few pics below).
That evening We went to a comedy show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. I chimed in about what we were doing when it was audience participation time.
The MC’s proceeded to give us some grief about being unemployed bums and doing charity work for “water” when there are human beings that need so much help. They took it pretty easy on us all in all, and we had a lot of fun.
I can’t believe the ride is done. The reception party is this Saturday July 28 @ The Emerson on Myrtle Ave. I hope to see you there. We will be getting ready throughout the week and just hanging out. Shoot me and email or give me a call of you’re around.
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