|New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts 2014.09.05-09.15|
|06.09.2014||Dag 1: New York - Port Jefferson 90km|
arrived NY 8:30
p.m. in the evening, after
a 7 hour flight with
Norwegian Dreamliner on
From terminal 1, we took the airport train to Jamaica Station. Jamaica emerged not just as the best westside. Tired and a little confused, we relied not entirely on the GPS. Despite that, we found relatively easily the JFK Inn. After we had checked in we went out to fine something to eat. We did not find any restaurants, but a gas station. where we bunkered up with Mexican beer and sandwich, and went back to the hotel. Supper in bed, but with an indescribable Mexican beer that tasted Bloody Mary.
We started early Saturday morning. I had checked the route on Gooogle Map, which looked quite straightforward. We never found the road. It was a full day of traffic lights. We arrived at Port Jefferson in fantastic weather. It had been around 30 degrees and the beer thirst was urgent. We found ourselves a great restaurant right by the sea.
|07.09.2014||Dag 2: Port Jefferson - New London 85km|
|An other day with traffic lights and first when we passed Riverhead, it began to be a nice landscape, with beaurteful beaches The temperature passed 35 degrees at midday. We rode out to the northeast point of Long Island and took the ferry over to New London. The ferry takes 1.5 hours.|
|Gøran as a lifeguard. Last hydration stop before the ferry.|
|Fine sand beaches along the north side of Long Island.|
|08.09.2014||Dag 3: New London - Westfield 126km|
We had planned to find a place to stay in downtown New London, but ended up in a rather drab area. We spent some time finding us a place to eat among dealerships and more. We went for an hour before we found a restaurant and it was just across the street from the motel Red Roof. People do not live in downtown in most US cities. We never managed to see NL in the evening. According to one of the locals we met on the ferry, NL had not much to offer anyway. In NL prevented american submarines. We saw a giant under construction when we arrived by ferry.
|New London is located in the state of Connecticut. Here we passed the border of Massachusetts, headed towards Westfield.|
The terrain of New London is relatively flat and much forest. That means we did not get the great nature experience. On the way to Westfield we passed Springfield. Springfield is a criminal offense heavily the city. We had therefore decided to stop in Westfield. After some searching for a place to stay, we found a motel relatively central. We met a very nice bunch at a bar and had one of the nicest evenings of the trip.
|09.09.2014||Dag 4: Westfield - Albany 141km|
|After a pleasant evening at a small pub in West Field the trip went on to Alabany.|
|From Westfield began a more hilly terrain with elevation up to 400 meters a couple of times.|
|With all the long climb and the heat comes thirst ....|
Lunch in Nassau.
Alabany we rode us
in on a Highway.
There was no sign
that it was not allowed to
ride there, so we
continued on. Although
it was no signs
we had a bad filling
that cyclists were
not admitted, but it was
only 10km left to Alabany.
We had cycled approximately
half the distance, when a
police car backed from the central
us with the blue light on.
Soon after another 2 police cars came.
We explained that we
did not know that it was not
allowed to ride on
this road and that it neither
was marked cycling prohibited.
The officer was unusually sympathetic.
asked for our passports and
home addresses, and went
back to the police car.
As they stood there,
up his the
and started filming ...
The problem is that the videocamera can be confused with a gun, because it has pistol handle. I can not say that I was quite comfortable, but fortunately they didn't take any notice of the filming. Another problem was that Goran had empty beer cans on the carrier and in the bottle holder ....
Expect that he chose to ignore it. After a while he came back and said that he would accompany us to the nearest exit.
Well of Highway'en we thanked for good service and continued into Albany without penalty.
|10.09.2014||Dag 5: Albany - Kingston 103km|
|We rode into Downtown Albany, hoping to find a hotel there. Unfortunately, it was full everywhere so we had to ride back out of the center, to find a place to stay. We found a motel on the outskirts of town.|
|Charging of various equipment. A real spider .....|
|From Albany to NY you can follow Interstate road 9 along Hudson river. We followed the Hudson river on the left side almost all the way down to Kingston. The road is not very busy.|
|We rode almost 70 km before we found a place to take a break. The area is sparsely populated. We took two cold beers, together with the friendly staff. We were invited to horseshoes trowing , but we had to continue before it got dark.|
|11.09.2014||Dag 6: Kingston - Peekskill 110km|
|11th.September. Pedestrian bridge over the Hudson River at Poughkeepsie,|
|About 40 km further south of Kingston, we tried to bike over the bridge that was only reserved for cars. We were stopped and had to return back to a walking bridge over the Hudson River at Poughkeepsie. After a short stop at a restaurant, we continued over to the east side and found, with some help from a nice american, a railroad track that was converted into a bike path. The bike path went 20 km south / southwest to Hopewell Junction.|
|The disused railway station Hopewell Junction.|
|We arrived Peekskill relatively late, and found a great motel on the outskirts of town. The best hotel of the trip. We decided to eat at the hotel and it was a wonderful experience. Great food and wonderful sunset in anticipation of a storm that never hit us.|
|12.09.2014||Dag 7: Peekskill - NY 73km|
We discussed the possibility of taking a shorter way to NY, than the GPS showed. We tried to ask at the hotel, but they weren't sure.At last we found a gay in the bar that said it was possible to cycle 9 and 9A to NY. We staked everything on one hand, and rode down to the Hudson River and hoped that it was correct. At first bunkering in Croton-On-Hudson we met, as luck, a truck driver who told us where we could bike. Along the highway it is built a cycle path that made it possible to cycle straight ahead, instead of cycling 15 km extra.
First stop on the day's stage was an old mill dating from prehistoric time ... 200 years :-)
arrived in Manhattan on
The arrival to the hotel was not as impressive. What I thought was a hotel turned out to be a hospice in habitual poor condition.
|å||At the door it stood a warning from the goverment, that a number of rooms were closed, because of health reasons. For a little while, I was unsure if we had a place to stay, but it worked out ... somehow. A more crappy hotel I have never stayed at. We survived. We spent most of the time checking out NY.|
....NY by night.
|13.09.2014||Dag 8: Around Manhattan 40km|
|Down the stairs with the bike from 4.etage.|
|When we arrived in Manhattan we cycled through Central Park. The next day we decided to bike around Manhattan. Along the waterfront, it's made bike paths that go around the entire Manhattan. The trip we took was approxemately 40km. SE map.|
|Chelsea area that we stayed in is known for high density of gays ....|
|Jogging wave is back in NY. There were lots of people out and trained on the entire route around Manhattan.|
|American IPA worth a try !! We tried out a large part of the range at a bar ......|
|Dag 9: NY - JFK Airport 73km|
|Departure day we decided to ride over the Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn,|
|We rode through Brooklyn Park. We ending up doing two laps. Fantastic park that are undervalued relative to Central Park.|
We chose to cycle down to Rockaway Park and from there up to JFK Airport. The flight home was not until 9:35 p.m. so we had the whole day. SE map. There were no problems with cycling to Terminal 1. I believe it's also possible to cycle from the same terminal, but we never tried it. We took the airport train to Jamaica Station on arrival.
We had another great bike ride in the USA. It must be the first trip without so much as a puncture. If we had rode the south side of Long Island, we would probably have had a better experience. Connecticut. was mostly forest and little to see. The route through Massachusetts was more hilly and gave a better outdoor experience. The trip from Albany down the Hudson River was a great experience and it is quite possible to ride all the way either, 9J, 9 and 9A. The roads are mostly low traffic. NY and Manhattan was an experience in itself and the city limits to a new and a longer stay.