Cover Photo. The Verrazano Narrows Bridge connecting Brooklyn to Staten Island.
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There is still no place to ride a bike which put a severe crimp in training for biking in Panama next week. I have been putting on some time at the gym, but anyone who rides knows that a stationary bike is no substitute for the real thing. The only thing worse is riding on a trainer. I tried that one season and ended up selling the stupid thing.
Biker riders all over the northeast are pining to get back on the road and all we can do for now is dream (and write) about our upcoming trips. With that let the show begin with highlights of last years rides that we are doing again this year.
First up is the Midnight Marathon Bike ride that we do on the eve of the Boston Marathon in mid April. We load our bikes for transport to Hopkinton (some ride from Boston). We board the Amtrak to the start and the thousand or so riders bike the marathon route back to the city. No leaders, no rules, no helmet is required, no nothing. Everyone is on their own. It’s a hoot. Oh did I mention that the ride begins at midnight?
Two weeks later on the first Sunday of May, it’s the New York City Five Boroughs Ride. 30.000 riders have the roads of Manhattan, Queens, da Bronx, Brooklyn and the Verrazano Bridge to ourselves. This is a big MF bridge especially at the end of a forty mile bike ride. We also cross four other bridges to make this a five boroughs five bridges rides. Seeing all the boroughs of New York on a bicycle at 12 mph with no vehicles is the bee’s knees.
A month of training leads up to the years big tour. Riding the Great Allegheny Passage Pittsburgh, PA. to Cumberland, MD. Lat year I did it with the Rails to Trails dot org group and found it such a great ride that a couple of us are doing it again this year on our own. Or as we in the bike culture say, “self supported”.
There is also the GRAND TOUR from Florida to Austin, Texas. I have been wanting to do a cross country tour for years and time is running out for me to cross that off of my list. Twice I have been ready to go and had to cancel. I wanted to do this solo but I am not adverse to riding with company. The video is a young man who did this last summer and I am only linking his video so he can get lots of hits on his YouTube. CLICK HERE for Mr Smith’s (Barett), video. Leave him a note if you feel like it. He did a great job and deserves recognition.
This has the possibility of being a really good spring and summer.