Lourdes of the Bronx
Stories regarding the renowned healing waters of Lourdes, France have been around for centuries, but for the 5BBC Lourdes is just a bike ride away. Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto at the corner of Bronxwood and Mace Avenues in the Bronx was built in 1939 as a replica of the French shrine, and has been a source of inspiration and solace for the faithful during New York City’s toughest times. From prayers of safety for the armed forces in World War II to the events of September 11th, 2001, the grotto has played an important role in the spiritual lives of thousands of New Yorkers, as well as becoming a site of pilgrimage for believers in the grotto’s healing waters. Come and experience this unique site in the Bronx.
Lunch will be prepared by Chef Al at bike friendly Fine Food Cuisine on Morris Park Avenue. This is at about 11 miles in.
BRING: Spare tube/pump, lock, $$ for lunch, snacks [lunch is later in the ride], and a friend.