Yesterday was the long awaited Five Boro Bike Tour! Here's how my day went:
Awake! I slept a full 4 hours! I had my coffee & breakfast prepared the night before. I just had to turn on the coffee maker and fire up the griddle to warm up my vegan pancakes & sausages. (Note the Five Boro Bike Tour coffee mug - from last year, and Five Boro Bike Tour water glass - from this year)
|Layer 2 - super cute!|
I always said that I was saving the beautiful cardigan from my Weight Watchers Success Story photoshoot for a special occasion. I finally had a special occasion. The great thing was it kept me warm on the ride over (it was chilly in the morning), it obscured that awful vest *and* it matched because it's my signature colors. It was really perfect.
|I love that sweater so much!|
- Backseamed hose from Nordstrom, $10
- Shoes from Payless (look at the pink peeptoe!), about $25
- Tube Top from Strawberry, $10
- Gloves from Target, $15
- Bloomers from American Apparel, $32
- Skirt from American Apparel, $55
- Sweater from WW photoshoot, priceless ;)
I left Greenpoint, headed to lower Manhattan for the starting line. On the way there, I ride a few miles of road I would later visit while on the tour. And on that road, I saw many cars being towed for the bike tour (They put up signs along the route days ago stating that you can't park on Sunday because of the bike tour but some people don't pay attention, I guess. And those people then pay hundreds of dollars and waste hours of their lives to get their cars back. Oopsy!)
|I thanked the tow truck drivers as I passed. I saw them towing dozens of cars|
|view of The Manhattan Bridge from the Brooklyn Bridge|
|Look at this! Empty!!|
|it was just me and a few lone cyclists - likely all going to the start of the Five Boro Bike Tour|
|Yay! Brooklyn Bridge!|
As people were asking to take photos of me and my bike, I was trying to check in on Four Square and Twitter (the important stuff) so I could find my friends that were also riding. Then I locked my wheel to my bike and wandered around to take photos.
|Me, under a sign. Because I love signs!|
|One of my favorite recurring graffiti pieces, "Love Me"|
|The starting line|
|I look so much better with the flash|
|G'day Peter - I told you you'd be in the blog! I hope you had a great ride!|
|corral on Worth St, 1 block from the official starting line|
And a minute later, right on time, at 7:45, they blew the horn and we slowly started rolling out...
|I try to avoid cycling behind kids. as they are wildly unpredictable. I had to walk my bike to the start because they were weaving all over the place.|
And we're off!
I crossed the starting line and we made our way up 6th Ave through Manhattan
|how beautiful is this sweater?|
|6th Ave, West Village of Manhattan|
|Macy's at 34th St|
|I will never get tired of that iconic sign|
We reached Central Park at 57th St and were told we could go right or left. I choose left!
|entering Central Park|
|a fun little turn|
|hope you had a great ride and see your pic!|
|pretty pink & white flowers in Central Park|
|I don't know why I didn't take off my "Charity" pass...|
Passing through Harlem this band was singing "When the saints go marching in" - they were great!
Here is a hill leading to the bridge that connects Manhattan to our next borough, the Bronx!
|my make up still looked pretty good here|
|Madison Ave Bridge? (I think)|
And here we are, in my birthplace, the Bronx!
|Welcome to the Bronx, yo!|
We are not in the Bronx for very long...
|Bitch Cakes Fact: the Bronx is where I learned to bike over 30 years ago!|
|getting ready for one of my favorite parts...|
I love riding my bike on this highway. This is the 4th time now and it's amazing every time because I drove on this parkway more times than I can count. I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined I'd be a cyclist at all, let alone biking on this highway!
|we enter the FDR in East Harlem|
|they've been doing construction forever|
|I caught the digital sign with the notice about the day's events|
|People are watching from the overpass|
I had been having problems with my allergies all day and by the time I got out of the tunnel I could barely see out of my right eye. What happens is my eyes tear from everything in the air (I'm allergic to about a dozen things, and my biggest allergy is DUST, which is why I have allergies every single day of my life - because dust is everywhere), and then I get a horrible hazy film over my contact lens and I can hardly see out of the lens. So I pulled over to pop it out and rinse out the lens (with my eyedrops and filthy hands) and pop it back into my eye (without a mirror). It was temporarily better.
I also stopped here to do that because I wanted to get a shot next to this sign. I have a shot by this sign in 2009 and 2010 but I missed the turn off last year.
|For the record, I will only address it as the Queensboro or 59th St Bridge. I don't buy into this bullshit renaming of bridges they've been doing lately. Unless of course if they want to rename one after me. Then that would be ok.|
|that bridge is so beautiful|
|Are you guys ready for this hill? It's a steep one!|
|Here we go! How beautiful is this bridge?|
|I love you 59th St Bridge!|
|poor guy has no idea I have a blog and am going to share his proposal story...|
|me and my future husband|
and from the front -
and here's a little video I shot right after that
Welcome to Queens!
|somewhere in Long Island City, Queens|
|a sweet high school marching band|
|I love hand painted No Parking signs|
|hello young lady. Im sorry I forgot your name but I hope you had a great ride!|
|I never saw so many bananas in my life!|
|these two were SO cute and loved my shoes!|
|He was one of the volunteers and asked me to marry him. More than once.|
|Captain America & my friend Mikey in the background - just a coincidence!|
|the young guys love me|
|Woo hoo! He's super strong!|
|hope you had a great ride, Mikey!|
|another bridge that was renamed. It will forever be the Triboro, thank you very much|
|Yours truly somewhere in Queens|
|I love those things. I think I can see them from the Pulaski Bridge / Jackson Ave|
|On the Queens portion of the Pulaski Bridge. Later, Queens!|
No. Sleep. Till....... BROOKLYN!
(Beastie Boys reference. RIP MCA)
(To be continued.)