cycling in the slow lane…NYC

On a recent trip to NYC, a group of us joined an organized cycling/sightseeing tour. It took us an entire afternoon to do 25 km so (needless to say) we weren’t breaking any speed record but it was a fantastic way to see the city! In the past we have done a lot of walking but you can’t cover near as much ground and I find it’s much more draining.

We started our tour in Gramercy near Union Square. The tour took us across the Williamsburg Bridge and in to Brooklyn. After touring some charming, industrial and up and coming residential neighbourhoods of Brooklyn we stopped at the Brooklyn Brewery for some fortification in the form of a tasty IPA and some brick oven pizza. The tour then took us through Brooklyn’s Hasidic community on their Sabbath. Everyone was regally dressed in their “Sunday best”. We then cycled through the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Fort Greene. The tour made another stop in Dumbo (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) for a quick bio break and a visit to the lovely Almondine Bakery. The final leg of the journey took us back across the East River via the Brooklyn Bridge, across Manhattan to the Hudson River where we followed the impressive bike way up to the West Village and back to the bike shop where the tour began. 13 “tourists” and 3 tour guides survived the experience. Our main tour guide Johannes was very knowledgeable and we really enjoyed his Austrian accent! Our tour was called “The Delights of Brooklyn”.  Check it out at www.bikethebigapple.com

 NYC 2012 011 

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