I wanted to run up the West Side again to see the fleet. On my way there I did something I never did before. I asked a stranger if I may photograph her. Not so much because she was doing something interesting (this is NYC, I see that all the time), but because I instantly knew I could get some great background. This woman definitely has some hula-hoop skills but look at the top of her head! What a great place to practice.
As I continued my run uptown I ran around the Chelsea Piers Sports Complex. I never saw so many golf balls. There was a guy in a little truck scooping them up.
It was really a funny noise. About 20 people hitting balls, most of them aiming a the guy in the truck and the serf hitting the bottom of the pier. I was also weird to think that this was the place the Titanic was supposed to arrive. Not so much, only the survivors.
I kept running uptown hoping to take some nice pictures of the fleet. Nothing very photogenic, just another Aircraft carrier a quarter mile north of the Intrepid. I heard they are trying to get their hands on the Atlantis Space Shuttle after it is retired. Now that will get me to take the kids there.
As I approached the Intrepid I very clearly saw the huge signs informing bike riders that they had to dismount and walk from about W 40th St to about W45th St because of the massive influx of (oblivious) tourists and sailors. There were also stanchions, Park Police, NYPD and National Guardsmen with really big guns. I watched a biker zoom around them. Of course he got a ticket. I hope he does not go on some biker blog and clam he was mistreated. The cops do a lot of wrong things when it comes to alternatives to cars, but not this time.
I looks like the chunk of the Riverside Park South is completed north of 59th St. It is just a beautiful place to run. Beautiful. The picture on the right is from the running path. It goes out into the water so you can see the land. What a gift!
As I ran into Riverside Park, I noticed a lot of cameras. I thought there was a movie or a wedding or something, but it did not look like that. Really big cameras all pointing at the trees. I looked up. There was a giant nest with a hawk in it. It was feeding two .
I clearly need a bigger camera
So I got to the three hour mark in my run and was way uptown, further than I thought I would get. Look at the chair I sat in when I took the subway home from W116 St.
Then back to Prospect Park for a family bike ride and picnic: