On Saturday, September 27th, four of us (those ski club members who are not afraid to get wet) headed towards NYC to ride our bicycles. We started out the first four miles smoothly on pretty flat terrain, but then Olivier needed a pit stop to pee and Maryanne needed Chapstick.
Our FIRST STOP. Then we made it up that â€œgreat big hillâ€ with no problems for our picture at the bench where it was a good time to rest from the â€œgreat big hillâ€.
STOP #2. The ride across the George Washington Bridge was absolutely beautiful even though there was no sun. The clouds and mist made for great photos. Then a few miles later Craig rode over some staples and had to change a flat tire.
STOP #3. My cheeks hurt so much from laughing as the guys discussed their parts in inches and one of them claimed their kick stand was broken. The other claimed he was sorry to hear that. Then back on track through the city we stopped at Craigâ€™s office.
STOP #4. His office has a view of the Radio City Music Hallâ€™s RED CARPET where all the rich and famous people enter. NOT BAD! I was a relieved to see a ski racing picture next to his computer (even though it was the smallest one of all) after many many vacation photos lined the walls of his office! Then shortly after leaving Craigâ€™s really nice office Olivier got a flat.
STOP #5. By this time the rain was more than a drizzle and we were relieved to be under protection of an overpass while this flat was changed. The guys were discussing who was going to change the girlsâ€™ tires if they go flatâ€¦..but ours NEVER DID!!! Go Maryanne! Go Diane! But back on the road again we passed Chelseaâ€™s Pier where one of us ran over a runner and knocked off one of his shoesâ€¦â€¦namely Suzy Chapstick. It really was NOT her fault totally as the runner moved a lane over to avoid someone else landing directly in her path. The runner took it well, but Suzy Chapstick felt really really bad. A few seconds later while riding and chatting I rode almost directly into one of the path dividers and banged my left foot. It was sore for a mile or so, but I got over it. Thank god it was not another runner and only that BIG â€œVISIBLEâ€ DIVIDER in the middle of the pathâ€¦DUH! With a few more miles of clean riding we finally made it to the Heartland Brewery for lunch.
STOP #6. Besides the good food, we shared great conversation all around. Craig and I each had two beers (his appeared more maltier than mine). Maryanne topped her lunch off with a pink lemonade spiked with Vodka and Olivier chose his favorite Pecan Pieâ€¦.all good calories to burn off on our way back to the Ferry! Back onto our bikes through a few city streets we got back on the path that took us to the Ferry totaling our miles for the day at 29.9 plus the block and Â½ to the car after the Ferry. All in all it was an absolutely fun, flawless (depending on your thinking), friendly day of riding in the city! So glad I went! Looking forward to next year…rain or shine!
Written by Diane Bogert
Photos by Diane Bogert
Photo gallery created by Larry Ticotin