The course had to be temporally readjusted because the northern end of the island took a bit of a beating from Hurricane Sandy. I rode around and saw that the new park on the southern end just opened up. Since I needed a place to add about a tenth of a mile to the course I rode into FDR, Four Freedoms Park. I was immediately asked by a park security officer to dismount my bike and leave it on the other side of the gate. OK, but I asked if I could just walk my bike, I just wanted to take a look at the park, and the gate was far away at this point. "No", was the polite answer. In fact that park has some pretty strict rules.
For Your Safety
So after I adjusted the course (moved the start back a little, so we can avoid the reconstruction for north of the lighthouse), I went back. I found out why you can't even bring in a cup of coffee, or carry you scooter in there. Granite, lots and lots of granite.
I only had enough juice left in my cellphone to capture the 5 photos below. But that park is breathtaking,... Fragile, like the High Line but flat. It is not a place to take a bike and it was a good thing there were people there telling people that they should not. It will be a grate place to cool down after next Sunday's race.