An extra day in NYC

I really can’t complain.  There are far worse places to get held back a day, and we happen to have the most gracious hosts/friends here who are kind enough to put up with us for another night.  Phil and I got off to a very late start this morning.  Or this afternoon, rather.  We are headed to Watchung, NJ, where my step-mom, Paulette, has a friend who will host us for a night.  It’s about 50 miles from Queens, but we didn’t even get out of Manhattan before Phil got his second flat tire of the trip (the first was on Friday on our way into NYC).  We spent most of the morning getting our stuff ready and getting my new bike ready, and didn’t leave the apartment until 1pm anyway, so when the flat tire held us up another 20 minutes, we decided it was probably best to stay in the city another night and get an early start on Tuesday morning.  So we rode around Central Park, bought some extra tubes and brake pads at Liberty Bicycle on 9th Avenue, and ate lunch at a Mexican restaurant before Phil realized he had another flat on the same tire.  After picking out more glass and fixing that tire, he went to get tire liners at another bike shop down the street (47th St and 9th Ave) while I had an ice-cream cone somewhere in between.  We then rode back to Central Park and stayed there until riding back to Queens.

Since I was going to be in town another night, I decided to check out the restaurant where my cousin Ari works.  I had asked Jeanne about it the day before, but he doesn’t work there on the weekends so I didn’t think I would get a chance to go see him.  Rym, Phil and I met Emily at Benoit, a fancy French bistro.  I talked to Ari about our bicycle trip, and he got the bartender, Paul, to give us some tips on navigating through New Jersey.  Thanks to Ari, we had an excellent experience at the restaurant.  The food was delicious, and we got some complimentary champagne, appetizers and dessert!  The evening wound down shortly after supper, and we hope to get an early start for take two in getting out of the city.

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About Sarah

Sarah grew up in Cranston - just south of Providence, Rhode Island - and developed a love for travel, music, and outdoor sports at an early age. She had started bicycling long distances at age 12, as a participant of the MS150 bike tours to raise money for the MS Society. She didn't use her bike regularly until she built her own while studying in Montreal and found it an excellent way to get around the city. After graduating from McGill and moving back to Providence, Sarah started working at Brown University's office of Environmental Health & Safety as the Biological Safety Specialist. She was living 4 miles away at the time, and for the first few weeks was driving to work. She made the switch from driving to bicycling when she realized that she could get to work faster, avoid parking tickets, and integrate a few miles of training into her day. Bicycling was better for the environment and better for her own health and mood. She found that she had more energy and felt much happier once she started biking to work. When her car broke down several months later, she never bothered replacing it. After 4 years of working in Biosafety (and on her master's in Environmental Studies), Sarah left her job to pursue her passion. She has been working various jobs in the bicycle industry since June of 2011, including pedicab driver, bicycle tour guide, bike mechanic and traveling bicycle advocate. In between seasonal jobs, she has done a few long-distance bike tours, which is the main reason for this blog. Her dream is to eventually ride around the world and sail across the oceans.

Posted on 18 October 2011, in Bicycle Touring, Providence to New Orleans. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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