On a weekday holiday in October of 2014 I decided to go on an adventure through the city. I had never been on any of the greenways in the city so I thought it might be fun. I mapped a route that would take me on the greenways around the city and I put it in my Garmin.
It was a nice fall day, the perfect weather for riding. I left my apartment in Fresh Meadows and I took the bike lanes and greenways through Forest Park, around Highland Park, and through Prospect Park before arriving at the Brooklyn Bridge. I had always wanted to ride over the Brooklyn Bridge but that’s actually nearly impossible with all the foot traffic there. I nearly missed the pedestrian entrance, I had to ask for directions and backtrack to find it.
Once I crossed over the bridge I made my way to the Hudson River Greenway. I rode along the water and took in the waterfront views. Of course I stopped at the Little Red Lighthouse. I’ve always enjoyed stories about the “little guy” persevering. Our city has lots of interesting history and, if you look around, you can learn a lot.
From there I took the bike lanes and hooked up to the Harlem River Greenway which led to the FDR Greenway for more scenic waterfront views. I crossed over a tiny pedestrian bridge into Randalls Island. Randalls Island was very pretty. It’s a nice little getaway from the city with it’s green grass and small rolling hills. Shortly after that was when my scenic ride turned scary.
I got on the pedestrian path of the RFK Bridge. I was scared out of my mind. There were small sections of the path that had ramps to walk the bike down a level, but, other than that I rode across. At one point I even said I was scared aloud although there was nobody there to hear me. That bridge seemed to have gone on forever. I was overjoyed when I reached the other side.
I started on the bike lanes in Long Island City and took them all the way into Corona. Once in Corona I went through Flushing Meadow Park, around Meadow Lake, and hooked up to the bike lanes that I started on that would bring me back home.
The ride was 55 miles but it took all day with all the stoplights and slow riding. I was out for six hours. Although it took all day it was nice to get out and do something out of the ordinary. I’ve been meaning to do it again just because it’s a fun and scenic ride but I never did.