I’ve been sitting on this post for a long time now. I can’t seem to find the time to write about the experience because there’s so much to write. I had a great time. It was an amazing ride to experience especially for this country girl. The pedaling was not challenging or technical. It was fairly flat, no car traffic and a moderate distance of 40 miles. The environment, scenery and sheer number of cyclists make it incredible. I highly recommend the ride if you ever have the chance.
I’m going to keep it simple and do a quick view of the ride in pictures. Almost all of these were taken while riding. I tend to get caught up in the ride and forget to slow down to enjoy the scenery sometimes.
I woke up at 4:30am to get to the Staten Island ferry on time. Here is a line of cyclists waiting for the next boat.
I got there so early that I had to wait an hour for the start time. It was so windy and cold! The crowd grew thicker as the starting time drew closer. So many different bikes to look at….and did I mention cold! Goosebumps cold!
The cold wait.
I was also here the day before with my family. This shot of Radio City music hall was taken over the shoulder while riding. – Manhattan
Central Park – I felt bad for the people that were running in the park. They were overtaken by cyclists.
Heading into the Astoria Park rest area.
Bicycle highway. What an odd experience to be on a major highway, cars going the opposite direction, but none going our way…..just a highway filled with bikes.
The Verrazano bridge. This was the only steady climb of the ride, but it was nothing compared to the hills of PA….. Windy.
Crossing the line at the Staten Island finish festival
I Ride for Boston. I was glad to be able to contribute to Boston One Fund.