Mileage: 78 miles
Well today was our first day and it was wonderful. It's almost midnight and I'm super sleepy so I will keep this short and full of pictures. We got off to a late start just cleaning up and getting out--hard to say goodbye to our kitty! We finally left around 10:45. Our bike was fully loaded, MUCH heavier than we have ever loaded the tandem, we were a little worried it was too much! It took Keegan a minute to adjust to the load but we were off and running. We headed over the Queensboro Bridge and crossed through Manhattan.
|Radio City Music Hall|
|Radio City Selfie|
|West side bike path|
|Manhattan side of the ferry|
|We have arrived in NJ!|
|East Coast Greenway--Isn't it nice they have our same colors?|
We met up with Julissa and Kayla in Newark for lunch. Kayla turns 13 on Monday and was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis a few years ago. She will spend her 13th birthday at doctors appointments--that's just not right! We ate at Dario's Restaurant in Newark, where the lovely man serving us asked Keegan, "are you guys on a successful bike riding team?" Keegan told him about the ride, and when he learned I had juvenile arthritis, he told us that his mother has bad arthritis in her hands. She was working at the cashier at the time and he said that was very difficult for her. He said he would follow along our ride! I gave him my first sticker I made! And of course, Kayla and Julissa got them too! We took some photos and then got back on the road about 1:45. We had 60 more miles to go!
We were greeted by the Kondash family, who were so kind and generous to take us in for the night. It was our first time meeting, but they have been very active with the Arthritis Foundation and when they heard we needed a place in the area to stay, they volunteered! Alyssa, who just finished her freshman year of college, has juvenile arthritis, and we compared notes about our conditions, treatments, experiences with friends and at arthritis camps and her goal of somehow working in the healthcare field because of her experiences. Alyssa noted that she wants to get more involved with advocacy because she sees now that her voice and sharing her story matters. Nothing could make me happier to year--YES!!!