Governor’s Island Ride
Sixth ride of the season and the first time we have ventured to Governor’s Island! Considering that the ferry to Governor’s Island departed every hour, we left Beacon as soon as we were ready with plans to take the 11am ferry. After deciding whether to take East Ride Esplanade for most of the way or taking the 2nd Avenue bike lane, the Cyclopediacs agreed that it would be best to be on 2nd Avenue. Checking our brakes and tires, we donned on our helmets and were off to the most southern point of Manhattan.
After walking to 2nd Avenue, we began riding from 96th all the way down to 38th St. From here, we rode the East River Esplanade until we stopped at John V. Lindsay East River Park on East Houston Street. By this time, we decided that instead of trying to take the 11am ferry, it would be more realistic to take the 12pm ferry. After a quick lunch, we were off again toward the pier. Passing Corlears Hook Park, we rode under the Manhattam Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge and arrived at the National Park Service Park with 8 minutes to spare! Soon, we were on the ferry and on the water, sailing towards Governor’s Island.
Governor’s Island was a beautiful place. We could see that it was constructed and maintained so that everyone could enjoy it. From obstacle courses to hammock swings, the island was a great spot to have fun and relax. After exploring the island and sliding and rolling down hills, we stopped at a central location of the island where some of us got ice cream. Although it was overcast and breezy, the ice cream still tasted good after riding and running around the island. With hopes to return to our base camp by 4pm, we took the 2:30pm ferry back to Manhattan.
We rode fast and hard from the southern tip of Manhattan to the west side of 96th St. Going across the Central Park, we arrived on the East side and returned safely to Beacon. Although it was our first time to Governor’s Island, Cyclopediacs took care of each other and stayed together the whole time! As expert riders, back and forth the 90+ blocks is nothing to us all!
Alberto Rivero, Cappy Collins, Judy Lee, JiaMei Huang, Joseph Wilson, YueHao Wong
Miles biked: 24.3 miles
Program time (hours): 6 hours 30 minutes
Ride time (hours): 3 hours 37 minutes
Calories burned*: 970
Estimates based on 100lbs, 5′ 2″ ht, 13 yo, average between male and female.
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