We ended the penultimate week of Cyclopedia with a brand-new ride to Gowanus Canal! Tobi, Cappy’s friend from work, joined us an honorary Cyclone for the day! Instead of crossing the crowded Brooklyn Bridge, we used the Manhattan Bridge to get to downtown Brooklyn, stopping at Red Hook Recreational Area for lunch. Georgia and Daniela tackled the tricky issue of gentrification, prompting a discussion of its manifestations in New York, with Alexis bringing up warehousing in East Harlem.
We looked for a geocache in Cough Triangle, but unfortunately, it was muggled. Then, we biked to Sponge Park at Gowanus Canal, where Cappy taught us about the bioswales that absorb water to reduce street runoff and sewage in the canal during storms. We took a water sample of the canal water and, with an anchor, pulled up some black mayonnaise, a black sludge made up of sewage, street runoff, and chemical waste from industrial dumping.
From there, we biked back across the Manhattan Bridge and took a quick water break at Hester St before riding along 1st Avenue to school. Can you believe next week is our last week of Cyclopedia?
Water Testing Results:
Hardness: 425 ppm
22.21 miles biked
740 calories burned biking
.17 miles walked
36 calories burned
Total Calories Burned: 690
Estimates based on 100lbs, 5′ 2″ ht, 13 yo, average between male and female.