Long Overdue Post on our Bike Ride to Jersey City

Life has been busy. Between work, planning for our big trip to Asia and way too much quality time with my dentist, I’ve neglected to post about our last two bike rides of the season.

This one took us over the George Washington Bridge to New Jersey on a dreary, wet Sunday. While the fog adds a bit of a mystique to the photos, I was a little sad to miss out on the awesome views across the Hudson we were expecting. In addition, if you attempt this route, know that the Jersey side of the trail is intermittent, especially in the northern portion and you will have to ride in the street or on the sidewalk at times.

Here is our route:

Bike Ride Jersey City - FINAL

We obviously did not bike across the water. We took a ferry from Liberty State Park to Lower Manhattan. Thus, the mileage is slightly exaggerated.

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A gloomy view of New Jersey as we begin our ride

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The George Washington Bridge ensconced in fog

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Riding over the GW Bridge is an exhilarating experience but also a grueling one. You have to ride (or walk) quite a bit up hill to get from the path along the Hudson up to the bridge. The good news is, there is a lot of downhill in your future on the Jersey side!

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The view of Midtown Manhattan from New Jersey

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A 9-11 memorial in Weehawken, NJ. There were several of these as we rode through New Jersey’s towns. After a little research, I discovered the two trident-shaped beams in this picture served as supports for the towers and were salvaged from the WTC site. They stand 8 feet wide, 30 feet long, and weigh 50,000 pounds. The memorial marks the area where about 60,000 people were evacuated by ferry from Manhattan to New Jersey.

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The historic Lackawanna Train Station in Hoboken, NJ

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The view of Wall Street from Jersey City

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Liberty State Park. We were able to see the Statue of Liberty in the distance, but between the fog and the limitations of the iPhone, I could not capture it.

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A 9-11 memorial in Liberty State Park, entitled “Empty Sky.” According to Wikipedia, the memorial’s name comes from the Bruce Springsteen song “Empty Sky,” which is about the “empty sky” where the towers once stood.

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Standing in the “Empty Sky” memorial

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We loaded our bikes on the Liberty Landing Ferry and took a 15-minutes boat ride across the Hudson to Lower Manhattan.

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The view of Lower Manhattan as we get closer…

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And closer…

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And even closer.

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