Third to last ride of the season. No Lesson. Here we go!
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Ride:
A sunny day for a new ride. The Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Ride has been on our list, but we weren’t sure if we would make it in time. This year though, as we were wondering which ride to do next, we thought we would take a challenge and ride to We started off walking to 96th Street to the East River Promenade. Where did we go from there? Onto the Wards Island Pedestrian Bridge, of course! Our usual route. But this time, we took it to get onto the Triborough Bridge. The Cyclopediacs remembered the last time we went on the Triborough Bridge and were worried that they would get really tired, but almost every rider make it all the way to the top. And it really wasn’t as bad as we remembered it.
Now here is where our ride master Alberto was challenged. Trying to avoid the busiest and potentially dangerous streets, Alberto double and triple checked our route on every corner to the point where his map was all tattered by the end! With some help from residents in the area and a tiny, tiny amount pressure from the rest of the crew to turnover the ride master title to someone else, Alberto got us on 34th Avenue by taking the safest routes. On the 34th Avenue, we took a short break. Some of us had lunch, and others went to the deli that was nearby. All of us refilled our water bottles and were off to our destination, which was only a few blocks away.
Finally at the park, we passed the New York Hall of Science and the Queens Zoo to arrive at the Unisphere. The Unisphere is a 3-D stainless steel representation of the Earth. The sphere is 120 Feet in diameter, and was commissioned as part of the 1964 New York World’s Fair under the theme of “Peace Through Understanding.” The globe represented the theme of global interdependence and was dedicated to “Man’s Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe.” The Unisphere was a perfect for us to visit, because we were able to play in the water!!! They had fountains shooting water high up and when everyone saw the entire globe surrounded by cold water, we immediately took our shoes and socks off and ran in. AH~~ the cold water was so refershing on the hot and sweaty skin. Even Cappy got in with us!
We played in the water for awhile, and to commemorate our day, we took a group picture. Everyone was soaked, but no one had problems with that. The wet clothes kept everyone cool as it slowly dried. We made our way back on 57th Avenue and then on Queens Blvd. We took a turn on 43th street onto Skillman Avenue, which led us on a straight path to the Queensborough Bridge. From here, we made our way up 1st avenue to 93rd Street. Onto 3rd Avenue meant that we would ride the big hill between 2nd avenue and 3rd, but again it was no probblem for the Cyclopediacs!
It’s really amazing how our riders have become so strong and confident in their riding. We went over two bridges that were the hardest when we started this season, and they were fine crossing both without stopping! At this point, all of our consistent riders have the 100 Mile badges and are heading fast toward the 200 Mile badge! STUNNING!
Cappy Collins, JiaMei Huang, Judy Lee, Alberto Rivera, Joseph Wilson
Miles biked: 22.0 Miles
Program time (hours): 7 hours
Ride time (hours): 3 hours 30 minutes
Calories burned*: 550 calories
Water Quality Monitoring Results
Estimates based on 100lbs, 5′ 2″ ht, 13 yo, average between male and female.