The photograph atop this entry features Trudy Hutter, an avid (understatement) cyclist, who is also a coordinator for The Weekday Cyclists in NYC. They meet on Tuesdays to ride in Central Park and on Thursdays, they ride to different locations in NYC and its surrounding areas.
I am not a member of this group, because, due to my visual challenges I am not able to ride a bicycle; unless it is as a stoker on a tandem. Therefore, I'm grateful to say that I have been able to participate in tandem cycling, ever since the opportunity was presented (2009) to persons with vision loss. At that time ZW was assigned to be my captain, and we've been cycling ever since.
It is through ZW that I met Trudy, and she she has joined us on her single bike on occasion, including when we've ridden to Piermont, a popular cycling destination for New Yorkers. The town is north of the hamlet of Palisades, east of Sparkill, and south of Grand View-on-Hudson, on the west bank of the Hudson River.
The image of Trudy was taken (2011) at an unofficial rest-stop when we were cycling through side streets (as opposed to our being on Route 9) to return to Manhattan after having spent an afternoon in the town of Piermont. Our stop was unofficial because Trudy needed to look at a map. She is very good at scoping on the safest routes for cycling, and our return trip of using side streets was a trial run for Trudy to see if it would be a good way for a group to cycle to Piermont.
The next picture shows Trudy (left) on the occasion when she joined ZW (right) and I to cycle around the perimeter of Manhattan.
We had stopped to enjoy a picnic near The Little Red Lighthouse, (seen in the second picture below), a place that has been a frequent destination when ZW and I have ridden there on her tandem. ZW's tandem can also be seen in the image but Trudy's single bike is obscured.
Trudy is on my mind today because last evening, when I participated in tandem cycling (my third ride of the season) with ZW, we discussed that we'd like to have her join us in cycling on the summer solstice. The summer solstice is a great time to cycle because it is the day of the year when sunlight is at its longest duration.
In any event, last evening, when ZW and I cycled north (from Greenwich Village) up the westside greenway, along the Hudson, our intent was to do a Manhattan half loop ride. This meant that we would be cycling beyond The Little Red Lighthouse, then up a steep hill, making our way to Dyckman Street, before crossing east to make our way to the greenway which runs parallel to The East River. The map posted below might give you a sense of the journey I've described.