If you saw my Snapchat story from Saturday you will know that I decided go on a big bike ride. I decided to bike from my Upper East Side apartment down to the Brooklyn Bridge, down around the tip of Manhattan, up the West Side and then through Central Park and past the Bethesda Fountain until I was back where I started. According to Citibike, if you add up my three rides, the app told me I biked for just under two hours and traveled nearly 14 miles but I think it took point A to point B, not necessarily the route I went so I will believe Google Maps more – a 16.7 mile journey! Take a look below:
Considering I bike further than that in a typical Flywheel spin class it was not a Herculean effort by any stretch of the imagination but what made the ride difficult was the people, stop lights, and NYC busyness it felt like I got a workout in! Plus I stop and took some photos along the way as I was biking around Manhattan – here are a handful of my favorites:
What possessed me to do this, you might ask? Well, while planning for my first day in Copenhagen I decided on a bike tour after having so much fun on the one I did in Barcelona with my Mom as a way to explore the city. This got me thinking, I’ve never done a bike tour of NYC but since I live here I didn’t think I needed a tour guide and set off by my myself.
A bit crazy, yes, but I actually liked it so much I went on another 13+ mile bike ride on Sunday, this time from the Upper East Side, into Central Park, around the whole loop including Harlem Hill, down to Columbus Circle, back up the to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir where I watched the sunset and headed home to end my weekend biking around Manhattan. And as an added bonus I posted a picture similar to the ones below on Twitter and Central Park retweeted it to their 160,000 fans!
Have you ever explored a city by bike?