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Heya! I was soooo darn busy yesterday yet right now I am seriously sitting here trying to remember what the heck I was so busy doing! So I guess I'll get back to that.
One thing I know that was and still is quite annoying was finding out that the location changed for the BIKE EXPO which is prior to our TD BIKE THE BOROS ride (countdown to ride in 19 days) and necessary to attend - it is the ONLY option to pick up our bibs!
So now instead of the Manhattan location that had previously been secured and not at all far from our hotel, now we have to venture off to Red Hook, Brooklyn!
There has been an uproar of complaints as it is going to be a huge pain in the butt and take up much more of our day than the original location - which apparently needed some repair and could not secure the permits.
The other thing I realized and that might have even annoyed me even further was regarding our bike rental pick up. I was simply going over the logistics of the trip and when I was looking at the start time, which wave we are in, it was when I go to where we pick up/drop off the bikes that I came to a screeching HALT.
We are staying down in the financial district, kinda between the finish and not too far off from the starting line of this 40 mile ride.
Well, it seems that the bike pick up is on 56th street. And I am not. Let me repeat myself I AM NOT riding a bike back to my hotel amongst the insane drivers of NYC.
I can say that - put me behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle and I become on of them!
I'd like to come out of this ALIVE!
So now we are trying to figure out the best way to trek our bikes back to the hotel without walking them the 4.6 miles all the way back.
Luckily we are signed up for the Premium Pass on the return and can drop off the bikes pretty much just as soon as we come through the finish line.
When I called to inquire if I would be able to pay the extra and add the Premium Pass for pick up - which would be right next to the start line. I was informed that the Premium Pass for pick up has been sold out since January.
We are arriving via the red eye early on Saturday morning. And this day will be full of running around in preparation of the ride - which takes place the next day. Not much else...Aside from eating!
Well, we are about to head to the stables. We are meeting the vet out there today. Rumor has it that Dream needs to get her teeth floated. We were out there visiting her a few days ago and she looked and acted fine.
So we shall go and see exactly what is going on or if we are just dealing with a bunch of hypochondriacs!
Anyhow, I've gotta hit the road.
Catch ya back here on the flip side, -Travelin' Tanya
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More Features about The Bronx on the Horizon!!
Howdy! This week is looking better and better for moi! What a great day I had yesterday!
After I was told that the Garden City Walking Tour was cancelled, with plans to reschedule, I decided to dig deep into a few projects I've been working on.
As you guys know, I have grown more and more passionate about building awareness and excitement about travel to Long Island and the outer New York City boroughs.
I believe that most people are just unaware of how much culture and history exists outside of Manhattan. Of course, I am in no way downplaying the wonders of New York, New York, however, my goal is to present an expanded view of New York City as a whole and the full experience available to native New Yorkers and visitors traveling to The Big Apple.
(photo credit: Tom Vasti)
One borough that I have and will continue to shine light on is The Bronx. You may be asking why? Afterall, The Bronx has been portrayed in the media as a "dangerous" and "unsafe" place. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Having lived in the South Bronx for four years, during my attendance at my alma mater, Fordham University, I can attest that this outer borough, with its 1.4 million inhabitants, and numerous unique neighborhoods, has an authentic quality of warmth, culture and countless points of historic interest for garnering a more in-depth feel for what New York City is all about.
What I've learned from my world travels, and I know my dear cuz will also attest to this fact, is that while the main cities of countries around the world are exciting and must-sees, some of our greatest experiences have been when we have taken the time to go outside the city limits to explore the local neighborhoods and eateries to get a more rounded view of what the particular destination is all about.
This is no less true when it comes to New York City and the importance of embracing the outer boroughs.
So, in addition to the various articles and blog posts written by me and Tanya in the past about The Bronx, you will be seeing even more from me, going forward!!
Now, if that isn't thrilling enough, I wanted to let you know that Travelin' Cousins articles and blogs about The Bronx will be featured on the News Site, ThisIsTheBronx.info!
I cannot tell you how exciting this is. Please check out ThisIsTheBronx which features comprehensive coverage of The Bronx including an events calendar for cultural events, entertainment and local Bronx activities. You can also subscribe to their daily e-newsletter.
In addition, Bronxnet.org, features daily public access shows, including Bronx Talk featuring Bronx-native and ThisIsTheBronx owner, Gary Axelbank, which airs daily.
BronxTalk is the center of focus for topical discussions about Bronx education, crime and policing, politics, health care, youth services, domestic violence, housing, economic development, arts and entertainment, quality of life, and many other vital Bronx issues.
For those Bronx lovers, Gary covers all things Bronx, meeting with local merchants and highlighting the human side of the borough. He is one of the most knowledgeable Bronx aficionados around, and his show is a must see.
Here are a few Bronx Features from the TC Archives: