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    Day 1.192 – NEW YORK

    Somerville (NJ) -> Manhattan, New York
    Distance (km) : 87
    Time on bike : 5h 28m
    Brutto time: 08.25 – 18.30
    Avg : 15.8 km/h
    Max.speed: 46.9
    Total (km) : 50.969
    Altitude: 1 m
    Difficulty: 1.5 of 5

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    Newark

    The New York rockers in the Strokes send me flying through Newark under a burning sun and with lots of hyper-excitement in the saddle. New York is just around the corner.

    Yup!

    But that corner was a tricky one. Even though I did a lot of research about getting to Manhattan on my bike, I was quite shocked when – just after leaving Newark – I found myself on the shoulder-less Pulaski Skyway Hwy 1/9, a monster and heavily trafficked highway bridge that looked very manageable on my map. Not so. Cars were honking at me, people yelling things I couldn’t hear because I was just too focused on staying in line near the curb. Fuck, Nicolai, what the Hell have you got yourself in to? It’s a nightmare and I am surprised no police car stopped me/saw me. Zülle has never been more concentrated. I’m a straight-line Koga-dancer.

    Jersey City...

    The rest of the day is pure adrenaline (the good kind). Having finally arrived in New York after 1.192 days (3 years, 3 months, 4 days) is a very special moment.

    Me in Jersey City with Mahattan's skyline in the back across Hudson River.

    Manhattan skyline...

    NY Waterways...

    Manhattan skyline...

    Wireless in Bowling Green Park, Manhattan.

    Manhattan downtown...

    Another classic pose:

    At the impressive Brooklyn Bridge...

    Brooklyn Bridge.

    The Koga at Times Square.

    Times Square.

    Nicolai at Times Square, Manhattan.

    Manhattan downtown...

    In the late afternoon, I meet up with Couchsurfing-host Mau-Lung (37) who came to the US 9 years ago from Hong Kong and works as an architect in Manhattan’s Business District not far from Wall Street. He lives in a classic 1-bedroom Manhattan studio that he kindly shares with needy travelers.
    We get along from the first minute, and (again) I feel so lucky that (sort of) random, good souls open their doors just like that.

    First night in New York with Jake and Mau-lung...

    It’s a full-on head-first dive into Manhattan’s nightlife for me as we go out and have a looong row of ales in McSorley’s, one of the oldest bars in New York. Great night, great energy, great buzz…Can’t really believe I’m here. N-e-w Y-o-r-k

    Night time view from "my" apartment in Lower East Side, Manhattan.

    On this day..

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    One Response to “Day 1.192 – NEW YORK”

    1. Brian Bikes Says:

      Incredible story Nicholi! Very happy about your amazing trails, the media will be awaiting you in DK (and all the women, hehe). Have a great weekend! BP in Korea

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