Rant, rant..

Yes, Blogger Warning: The following is a rant. If you are not interested, just click on the like button (really) and move along, quietly.  LOL

 

Ok, Sunday afternoon I was driving on Staten Island heading towards New Jersey having just finished riding in the Tour De Brooklyn. I’m a little bit sunburned. Actually I am quite sunburned. I am reasonably hydrated from the Gatorade and water that I consumed before, during and after the 20 mile ride through Brooklyn.  I am in the left lane, fourth car in a group that is traveling above the speed limit, not excessively, but above the limit. In the right lane there were two vehicles. One was a taxi cab, the other was a black Honda Odyssey with NY EMT plates.

The Honda passes all of us in the right hand lane coming up hard on the bumper of the taxi. The Honda hits the breaks and swerves into the left lane where there was not more than the size of the van between vehicles. Everyone in the left lane is immediately on the brakes hoping that the van fits in the space between cars and that nobody wrecks their car. The swerve maneuver works out for the Honda. Then he opens his drivers window and throws out a cigarette butt onto the highway. Up goes the window and he speeds away swerving back into the right lane ahead of the taxi.  As we resumed our pace we caught up and over took the Honda. There was the driver with his head down texting away.

Dude!

People like that give New York (or New Jersey or wherever you are from) drivers a bad name.

If you own a Black Honda Odyssey with NY EMT plates and were driving on 440 towards New Jersey on Sunday around 2:15 pm, you are a …………

I will let you fill in the blank.

Now, a deep breath

Namaste

Beach in Belmar, 6.5.13

Beach in Belmar, 6.5.13

Tour De Brooklyn 2013..

Sunday I rode with 1300 of my closest friends in the 9 th annual Tour De Brooklyn. The ride is sponsored by and benefits Transportation Alternatives.  They are an advocacy group for walkers, bike riders and people that use the public transit in New York City.  I first encountered them a few years ago when my brother the weather man and I rode in the Five Boro Bike Tour.  I did not know any of the 1299 (or so) other people that rode in the Tour De Brooklyn. The organizers told us at the beginning of the ride that were riding with 1300 of our closest friends.  That might be a tough sell in NYC. But, we were all there for the same reason, to ride our bikes in a “parade” though Brooklyn.

The ride was about 20 miles long. The pace, a leisurely 7 or 8 miles per hour. When you are used to riding around 14 or 15 miles an hour, that pace is sometime painful. You still have to pedal the same distance, it just takes longer. The demographics of the ride? Funny you should ask. There was every size, shape, color or bikes, helmets, shoes, outfits and people that you can imagine. I took nearly 200 pictures before and at the rest stop of the riders and their bikes. I will post a few of the interesting ones down below. Here is a Drop Box link to the folder with all the pictures.  Enjoy!  Maybe if you or someone you know rode in the tour, you picture might be in that collection.

Thoughts about riding for 3.5 hours with 1300 other bike riders:

  • The start and stops (beginning, water break, restart and finish) are the scariest part of the ride. Everybody wants to go or stop at the same time.
  • Can you imagine riding 20 miles in a skirt, tube top and high heels? More of a question for the women readers (I hope!)  But then it was NYC!
  • How about bringing your dog with you on the ride. The dog rode in a back pack getting out now and then to smell the fire hydrants
  • Maybe riding with your four better than best friends is great way to spend a Sunday morning but riding four across and talking with 1000 bike riders behind you isn’t the best plan. Two at a time is good for an easy conversation, bike ride. That way the rest of us can get by.
  • Being thankful that the person you saw wipe out in the last mile of the ride was not you
  • Wondering what the crowds in some of the “downtown” stretches of Brooklyn thought about the 1300 bikes riding down the middle of their streets, closing off the cross-streets and cross-walks for I’m guessing 15 minutes at a time, or more.
  • It was fun to part of something bigger than just my normal day-to-day
  • Bring sun screen next time

I had fun. So much fun that I signed up for the Tour De Queens. That ride goes off July 7.  Maybe I will meet some of my 1300 Tour De Brooklyn friends over in Queens.

Here are a few pictures from the ride, enjoy!

Namaste