Boating into the Big Apple
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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We had a last breakfast in our tiny chairs before leaving them to find a new home outside the bathhouse block. Within minutes they were snapped up by a nearby family and we cycled out of the park to see them already being put to use by some happy little children.
The last 15 miles of the US leg of our trip flew past. We kept up a steady pace of 17mph, so excited about meeting the coast again, and ever aware, that it is normally at this point, so near yet so far that things can go horribly wrong. We knew we were close when we smelt the familiar stink of coastal mud. A sharp left turn and we pedalled through the sweet little coastal town, Atlantic Highlands, and hit the ocean
The actual boat trip was fantastic. A gorgeous sunny day meant the view was superb, and we spent the hour long trip on deck snapping yet more photos. The bridges spanning the Hudson looked packed with traffic. Gliding underneath them, with the bikes lashed to the bow of the ferry, we knew we’d made the right call about how to enter this city. Spotting the Statue of Liberty enroute was another bonus.
The Ferry dropped us at East 35th Street, and we headed blindly to the nearest McDonalds to use the wifi and orientate ourselves. Hopefully that’ll be the last time we visit Ronald for a LONG time. We found we were near Times Square, and headed there, whizzing past Grand Central Station on the way. It was pretty hectic on the roads, yellow cabs being the main culprits for insane driving
We couldn’t check in until 3, so spent the intervening few hours picnicking in Central Park and trying to get used to the fact that we’ve DONE IT! Just 50 miles home from Gatwick to negotiate. An earthquake here yesterday and a hurricane due to hit on Saturday shouldn’t pose problems for us, never-the-less, we’re keeping our fingers crossed!
Jazz on the Park Hostel is in a brilliant location and our room even has a big cupboard perfect for bikes. We’ve already sourced and collected bike boxes, so have only to enjoy a day off tomorrow and we should be completely ready to come home. Seriously cannot wait to see you all!!!! xxxxxx
Miles Cycled; 22 overexcited final miles…
No. of times beeped and sworn at: Once but it turned out to be some dogs barking at us.
Number of times nearly wiped out by a yellow cab: 3 (in about 5 minutes – great call to get the ferry into town)