Another somewhat delayed post (but it’s never too late to post something at the Boomerang!): a report on this year’s big 5-Boro Bike Ride, pedaled by Cate, Amy, Lib, and Martha! The ride starts in lower Manhattan (see info on ride plus route map here), and here we all are, raring to go at 8:00 AM:
The first leg of the ride goes up 6th Avenue and into Central Park, through Harlem on 7th Avenue, then over the Harlem River to the Bronx (Boro #2) for just two miles, back over to Manhattan down Harlem River Drive and over the river again via the Queensboro Bridge to Queens (Boro #3) and up to Astoria Park, where there’s a huge rest stop (with free New York City water, bananas, and other snacks); here we are taking a rest there:
Then the route does a u-turn to head down to Brooklyn (Boro #4): all along through Williamsburg and DUMBO (Down Under the Brooklyn Bridge-O), along the BQE (Brooklyn Queens Expressway), and just when things start to feel a bit grueling, turns onto beautiful, harbor hugging Leif Ericson Drive, and then up over the Verrazano Bridge — thrilling! Here are Amy and Martha on the bridge . . . those red streamers coming off our helmets? A device of Lib’s for helping us keep track of each other in the crush of 30,000-some other riders! Note it was a bit windy on the bridge!
Once over the Verrazano Bridge, we were on Staten Island (Boro #5), and heading for the Staten Island Ferry; here we are in line for the ferry in the early afternoon, a mere 42-mile loop away from our starting point:
And here’s a view from the ferry of lower Manhattan, where the ride began:
One last shot: Lib, the photographer, taking it easy that evening (note art by Carol Hake and Mike Rust on the walls!):