It was a beautiful day to enjoy the outdoors. My butt (even with a new cushioned seat) and thighs will thank me for the 5+ hours of movement in the long run. It was nice to be out of the car.
It was supposed to be solely a bike ride from Manhattan through Brooklyn. But, ummm, well, inclines deserve to be walked at this point in time 🙂
A full day which started with a ride and walk over the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan. In all of these years, I’ve only ever been on the bridge in a vehicle. I stopped a few times to enjoy the view of the other Bridges which connect Manhattan to Brooklyn and Queens as well as the view the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines.
Over to the Manhattan Bridge to enjoy its splendor from below, then back over to under the Brooklyn Bridge. Ah! a treat! I’ve always wanted to try the ice cream at Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, which is located under the Brooklyn Bridge, and I did. I ate my ice cream (one scoop each of Vanilla Chocolate Chunk and Chocolate Chocolate Chunk) while I admired the bridges and the skyline. Warning: Do Not buy two scoops unless you’re going to be sharing. It was way too much ice cream, a single scoop is huge! I just didn’t have the heart to throw it away.
Over the last few years, Brooklyn Bridge Park has been refined to incorporate beautiful scenery and playgrounds as well as a walkway connecting a few piers. I’ve driven by before, but the lack of parking meant I could not fully enjoy. As I didn’t know where I was heading, I followed the bike path which lead me through Red Hook along Van Brunt St. Lots of quaint restaurants serving seafood (Lobster Pound) and baked goods (Baked). From there it was up Union St through Carroll Gardens and Park Slope. Quite an incline this was and required some off-bike time 🙂
Ah…relief. Prospect Park. A ride along Prospect Park West then down to the lake. I stopped at the lake (one of my favorite places) and took some time to enjoy watching the birds, ducks and swans and a squirrel trying to get into my bag for a snack! Then back home I went.
What a way to enjoy the day.