I have lived outside of New York City for most of my life. We call it: The City. Although we visited the theaters, museums and restaurants of The City as I was growing up, I have mostly felt like a tourist. You take things for granted when they're so close. I sometimes drive down to The City to visit my son who lives there now. Last weekend, I learned how to drive my bike in The City.
|Zoe of Bike New York and Jennifer|
|Dottie, Cecelia, Jesse, me, Michael, Coriel, Hope, Nick, Robert, Charles|
So, I sat with my back to the windows as we took turns presenting and critiquing for hours and hours.
The best part was the riding. Jesse offered to meet me the first morning and ride to the lot where we would be doing our drills. I gratefully took him up on it.
|Lance poured coffee and took all the pics|
That night, we did our practice ride in the dark. It was a wild ride: 13 people of varying skill and comfort levels, trying to obey all the rules while staying together for a six mile ride on the upper west side. I thought it was a great adventure. I'm not sure, but I think it took about two and a half hours.
The next day we broke into groups for our final ride. We took turns leading as we were being graded. My section was the multi-use trail. The Greenway is marked with a pedestrian lane, but overall it's very narrow. There were tons of people on it that morning. I didn't have my computer, but I tried to keep a steady 13mph pace. I also had to keep checking back to make sure my little ducks were all in a row. It was like riding in a peleton. When you ride in the city, there is so much going on, and you have to be hyper aware of everything while not focusing on any one-thing, so you can react in a split second. It's exhilarating and somehow relaxing at the same time.