|Date||May 2, 2015|
|Hosts||Caren and Mike Bianco|
|Where||New York City|
|Who (else)||Brenda and Larry Isherwood, Jenna and Ed Peterson, Harriet and Robert Voysey|
On a sunny Saturday, four adventurous tandem teams -- Larry and Brenda Isherwood, Ed and Jenna Peterson, Robert and Harriet Voysey and leaders, Mike and Caren Bianco -- embarked on a 46 mile romp around seven distinct bridges, three boroughs of New York and countless parks and greenways. We started at 9:30am and finished at 6:30pm. While not the longest DOGS ride from a miles basis, it was likely the longest from a start to finish time basis.
As is typical in a trip to New York City, lots of unexpected things happened. Our route coincided with two charity walks. One of the walks was a 32 mile walk around the greenways of NYC called the Great Saunter. We saw the Saunter group at both the beginning and end of their routes. As we were riding across the Brooklyn Bridge we witnessed a young man propose to his girlfriend and as we cycled through Columbia University, we spotted a bride. We saw people playing ball, barbecuing, jogging and riding scooters, but most of all, we rode by people just enjoying a sunny day in the City.
We also rode by monuments, from the Little Red Lighthouse underneath the GW Bridge to Ground Zero. We cycled through hipster neighborhoods in Brooklyn and the park-like, residential Roosevelt Island, where we saw an abandoned hospital that treated smallpox victims in the 1800s, as well as the FDR Memorial that we affectionately call the FDR Floating Head. We also went to a huge bike expo.
This was not a fast ride. There was a lot of stopping at traffic lights and riding slow to navigate around people. But it was a great ride. Please consider joining us next year as we will certainly repeat this ride.
Google also put together a "story" album with a summary of about 30 pics which can be seen here.
The route can be seen here.