N.Y. State Of Mind
My wife and I dropped the kids off at her parents house and we quickly made our escape like Andy Dufresne in Shawshank Redemption. You would think with the opportunity to have a weekend to ourselves we would go on a two day rendezvous, maybe a couples retreat or a weekend getaway to warmer temperatures. Not us. We decided to ride the TD Five Boro Bike Tour (TDFBBT).
Yes we went to watch Fate of the Furious 8 the night before, which was a very good movie. I'm truly amazed at how they can keep coming up with quality sequels, but I digress. And yes we went to dinner, but our dinner revolved around eating properly for our big ride. We went to bed early and woke up even earlier. Not the ideal weekend, huh? There's about 32,000 other riders that would disagree, including the Turners.
My wife and I have been to New York over 20 times, but the TDFBBT allowed us to view New York from an entirely different view point. We were able to visit all five boroughs in one day. As we entered each borough, I found myself singing Hip Hop songs of the rappers who grew up in them. From MA$E to KRS One to Jay Z to Wu Tang Clan to Nas; I was repping all the boroughs. I guess you can say I was in a New York State of Mind.
We were able to travel on interstates and bridges, visually see intricate aspects of the city that escaped us before and interact with riders from across the country. All while doing this with my best girl. It was like going on a 40 mile date.
There were some challenges with the ride. There were plenty of slowdowns because of the abundance of riders. At some points, we had to dismount from our bikes until we found adequate space to ride. Many of the riders were there sightseeing while others such as myself were riding with a purpose. One of the riders gave me some good advice. He said, "It's like riding on the beltway. At some spots you will go 70 mph and some spots you will go 10." It reminded me that it was a tour and not a race. Another challenge was the inclines at the Queensboro and Verrazano bridges. Especially the Verrazano which tests your will, especially after riding 36 miles.
There were motivational quotes to get you through some of the tougher stretches. The vendors, bands, volunteers and organizers all did a great job. The city of New York should be proud and I look forward to doing it again. Hopefully, we can get some of you to join us.