Sunday, September 14, 2008

Manhattan Perimeter with Ed Defreitas

I rode sweep for Ed Defreitas on his "Manhattan Perimeter" ride. Ed had described the route as "mostly flat" and we had FOUR flat tires at the start. One of them got a flat again as we made our way up through Battery Park. He bailed, I pointed him in the direction of the nearest bike shop and off he went.

As we headed up the West Side Greenway, a jogger stepped in front of one of the riders as we approached Chelsea Piers. The jogger was unhurt but the cyclist went down. He wasn't wearing gloves and got a gash on his palm to go with the general contusions and scrapes. I gave him first aid supplies from my kit and showed him how to apply the band-aid to the wound. He and his friend bailed, headed for the ferry back to NJ.

The ride continued the rest of the day without incident. Our lunch break in Isham Park was a very pretty spot.
Folks ate their lunch sitting on a park bench in the shade.

This was the culmination of Ed's Perimeter series. The original plan was pizza afterward. It was way too hot for that. When we stopped for water at a playground on the lower Manhattan East Side Greenway, Ed declared that we would do ice cream instead. Off we went to the South Street Seaport at a leisurely pace suitable to the heat of the afternoon. The ice cream was Haagen Dazs and the store had a teudah so I got to have ice cream with everyone else.

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