Circumnavigating the Island (mostly)

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&nbsp;Been a while since my last post but summer's coming so I think I'll have more time and energy. For today, a break from CS and Education issues and something on one of my other passions, bicycling.<br ><br />Having not gone on a substantial ride for a while, yesterday, we decided to do a modified circumnavigation of NYC. Starting from home, we rode east over to first avenue. From there North…<br /><br />&nbsp;First stop, the UN. Here in front of the St. George and the Missile Dragon sculpture.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_qY3_s-fM9jM/TB1WjtcpihI/AAAAAAAAKGQ-8qI8qnmVSQ/s1600/P6190006.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="150" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_qY3_s-fM9jM/TB1WjtcpihI/AAAAAAAAKGQ/-8qI8qnmVSQ/s200/P6190006.JPG" width="200" /></a><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_qY3_s-fM9jM/TB1V1cBTR0I/AAAAAAAAKGI/fecb0uVeyTQ/s1600/P6190007.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="150" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_qY3_s-fM9jM/TB1V1cBTR0I/AAAAAAAAKGI/fecb0uVeyTQ/s200/P6190007.JPG" width="200" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Typically NY, the first guy we asked to take our picture said no.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">At 84th street, we made our way <a href="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_7YN3bkG0cSc/TB0F6jQ81jI/AAAAAAAAFrQ/Gn2iXV-TzuQ/s640/IMG_20100619_122541.jpg">Carl Shurz park</a>. A beautiful little park on NY's upper east side. Home to Gracie Mansion and a number of quiet spots.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Here, along the&nbsp; bike path, you can see the Triboro bridge (no, not the RFK bridge) in the background as well as the Hell Gate Bridge, that's the one in the background. It served as the model for the Sydney Harbour bridge in Australia.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;<a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_qY3_s-fM9jM/TB1VfUin9qI/AAAAAAAAKF8/zPOwnfiFTmk/s1600/P6190010.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_qY3_s-fM9jM/TB1VfUin9qI/AAAAAAAAKF8/zPOwnfiFTmk/s320/P6190010.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Unfortunately, the waterside path ends at about 120th street or so, so we turned into Harlem:</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;<a href="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_7YN3bkG0cSc/TB0J8_t1CpI/AAAAAAAAFsg/NJjF6wtF9z0/s1600/IMG_20100619_102256.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_7YN3bkG0cSc/TB0J8_t1CpI/AAAAAAAAFsg/NJjF6wtF9z0/s320/IMG_20100619_102256.jpg" /> </a>&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">A Hariet Tubman monument<a href="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_7YN3bkG0cSc/TB0IwkB2WrI/AAAAAAAAFsQ/Fm1d6q5sIQU/s1600/IMG_20100619_103734.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_7YN3bkG0cSc/TB0IwkB2WrI/AAAAAAAAFsQ/Fm1d6q5sIQU/s320/IMG_20100619_103734.jpg" /> </a>&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">and Hamilton Grange.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Up at 155th, you can get back by the river by the Harlem River Drive. You can see in the distance both the Highbridge aquaduct as well as the Highbridge water tower:</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><a href="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_7YN3bkG0cSc/TB0IoTfJKQI/AAAAAAAAFsI/gycpEljYMNk/s1600/IMG_20100619_105308.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_7YN3bkG0cSc/TB0IoTfJKQI/AAAAAAAAFsI/gycpEljYMNk/s320/IMG_20100619_105308.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">At the north end of the Harlem River Drive bike path is Swindler's Cove. One of the quietest, most beautiful secret nooks in Manhattan:</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><a href="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_7YN3bkG0cSc/TB0Icx6Z6oI/AAAAAAAAFsE/Qusezgz7Sq4/s1600/IMG_20100619_110317.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="150" src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_7YN3bkG0cSc/TB0Icx6Z6oI/AAAAAAAAFsE/Qusezgz7Sq4/s200/IMG_20100619_110317.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><a href="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_7YN3bkG0cSc/TB0IFenkCUI/AAAAAAAAFsA/EDmZ5VblvXg/s1600/IMG_20100619_110408.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="150" src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_7YN3bkG0cSc/TB0IFenkCUI/AAAAAAAAFsA/EDmZ5VblvXg/s200/IMG_20100619_110408.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_7YN3bkG0cSc/TB0G2oW90-I/AAAAAAAAFrk/LjHF4_RZmjU/s1600/IMG_20100619_110509.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="150" src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_7YN3bkG0cSc/TB0G2oW90-I/AAAAAAAAFrk/LjHF4_RZmjU/s200/IMG_20100619_110509.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_7YN3bkG0cSc/TB0HmUNRp3I/AAAAAAAAFrw/brAgjaNRbd4/s1600/IMG_20100619_110427.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="150" src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_7YN3bkG0cSc/TB0HmUNRp3I/AAAAAAAAFrw/brAgjaNRbd4/s200/IMG_20100619_110427.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />From there, up to Spuyten Dyuvil. Here from Inwood park with a view of the Henry Hudson Bridge:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_7YN3bkG0cSc/TB0GkTsUNEI/AAAAAAAAFrc/E4sIWfh1k40/s1600/IMG_20100619_113731.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_7YN3bkG0cSc/TB0GkTsUNEI/AAAAAAAAFrc/E4sIWfh1k40/s320/IMG_20100619_113731.jpg" /></a></div><br />Having reached our northmost point, we headed south. We of course had to stop at the Little Red Lighthouse by the Great Grey Bridge:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_7YN3bkG0cSc/TB0F6jQ81jI/AAAAAAAAFrQ/Gn2iXV-TzuQ/s1600/IMG_20100619_122541.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_7YN3bkG0cSc/TB0F6jQ81jI/AAAAAAAAFrQ/Gn2iXV-TzuQ/s320/IMG_20100619_122541.jpg" /></a></div><br />From here, it was a quick stop at Fairways and then home.<br /><br />About 27 miles total on an amazingly beautiful day.<br /><br />Next week we're thinking of riding across the GWB and into NJ.<br /><br /><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/468689896075458340-2408940169368847645?l=cestlaz.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div>