Sunday, July 15, 2012
This is by far the most satisfactory day of the entire trip. After breakfast at Metro Deli w e ride the subway uptown and meet our guides and fellow pedallers near Central Park. We have signed up for fifteen miles of work on unfamiliar bicycles on a very hot(for NYC)Sunday. Riding in the street and obeying traffic signals is not near as daunting as I thought. Of course, we have a guide in the front and a guide in the back to decide what is safe and what is not. There are truly secluded and forestlike places within the park. There are also throes of people seeking the sun and shade of Central Park's confines. We come out of the park and have a lesson on the history of Harlem. We visit a church with lively music and testimony. We visit Manna. A soul food buffet is consumed with glee. We stop at the doorway to the Apollo Theatre and see bricks with many famous acts that have graced that famous stage. We keep stopping for water breaks and more history as we reenter the park. We are very tired and start stopping and pushing the bikes up the inclines. The Dakota is a beautiful building and we see the John Lennon "Imagine" memorial. It is not far to the public bathrooms and the gorgeous Bethesda fountain where lots of needs are met, face washing, shade, music, and the angelic fountain all are delightful. During the ride to the bike shop I feel so proud to accomplish such a feat. We go to the hotel and shower. It feels divine and we walk to the Carnegie Deli. No way did we need those huge servings; but it has a classic New York feel about it. We find the most friendly wait staff of our trip. Walking back, we realize that there are countless venues and opportunities we have missed. It's been a great trip.