Sunday, November 06, 2005

Saturday Cycling

It's gorgeous in New York right now, unseasonably pleasant for November. I finally mustered the will to dust off the bike and go riding, in order to take advantage of the 60-degree weather. Thought I'd share photos from my normal ride, a loop that takes me from our place down to the 69th Street Pier, near Owl's Head Park. I then follow the path along the Verrazano-Narrows, under the bridge made famous in Saturday Night Fever, and one of the longest suspension bridges in the world (it was #1 from 1964-1981, but is currently #7 at 1298 meters. The top honor goes to the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Japan, but Verrazano still holds the U.S. record).
The loop continues along the Belt Parkway, near Fort Hamilton, and then circles back through Dyker Beach Park, next to the Dyker Beach Golf Course back to 92nd Street. In all, it's 7 miles door-to-door, and a nice, brisk, scenic ride.

The pictures to the left are from the 69th Street Pier at 7:30 AM, looking South to the bridge (top) and North to Manhattan (bottom).
The sun rises behind some trees along Shore Road (above).
To the left, the path looking East to Coney Island....the cluster of buildings in the distance are the apartments Trump's father built to start the family fortune. Next, looking back (West) at the Verrazano. Then, some wild geese congregating in the grass between the Belt Parkway and the bike path.
And finally, from the footpath over the Belt, looking back at the Verrazano in the distance.

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