Columbus Day from Columbus Circle to NRNY
How could we not have a ride from Columbus Circle on Columbus Day? But where to go?
New Rochelle has some amazing history - too vast to cover in one ride.
I have stumbled upon a treasure trove of history and will share it with you on this and future rides I plan to lead that explore this great town (where I happen to live these days) - one of the original "suburbs". So original, in fact, that while Carl Reiner lived here writing and performing on Sid Caesar's show of shows in the 50's, it became the prototype for The Dick Van Dyke show, which Carl wrote, and where Rob and Laura Petrie lived. We may even ride on the street they lived on. And pass a few other famous people's homes along the way.
We had a wonderful and fun ride to explore the beaches of New Rochelle earlier this year - and if you missed that one, we will hit those and more on our way back from New Rochelle. Did you know that New Rochelle once had the largest falls in the state behind Niagara Falls? Where did they go? Hear this story and more and ride where they once came crashing down.
Most recently - New Rochelle has launched a major series of development projects adding 6000 residential units over the next 5 yeras which is well underway.
The city has launched a new campaign promoting NRNY (New Rochelle, New York) including new art scultpures all over the city called Stacked!
We will meander once we arrive in New Rochelle and see as many of these as possible before heading back.
Three ideas for lunch - please register and I will poll and go with what the majority want to do.
Option 1: Bring or buy picnic lunch to eat in Manor Park in Larchmont (just north of New Rochelle).
Option 2: We will dine at the place we ate at on the last ride up here in June Smokehouse Tailgate Grill
Option 3: Stop at Little Italy on the way home for a late lunch or early dinner (this option is my least favorite - it suits the theme of the day, but may be too late to eat).
A decision on meal option will be shared by Sunday morning so check back for update and register / vote your selection (by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org) well before!
How do I keep listing Happy Face / Moderate Rides? Well, my idea is that we have patient sweeps who don't mind riding slow and I can certainly ride fast at the front - so we will go as close to Moderate pace on the flat as we can and wait for everyone at selected compression / bathroom stops along the way. But the ride to New Rochelle itself is only 17 miles so by the time we tour and hit the train, you have your first bail out option on the Metro North at 20-25 miles. On the way back, we will pass various Bronx Subway option cut-offs, so that's your 30-40 option and the new Soundview Ferry from the Bronx (Which was the subject of it's very own ride in the late Summer) will be an option at mile 45 on the way back. Then its only about 5-10 miles further to get back to the city.
As for the timing - we want to get an early start so that we have more time to spend up in New Rochelle and environs and enjoy a relaxing lunch on what looks to be a beautiful summer day in fall! Let's take those while we can get them. And have you back into the city before too late in the day so you can still enjoy a relaxing evening before returning to the regular grind of your week the next morning. We want to be on the road latest 8:45am but register and if you are delayed we will be able to keep you posted on where to meet up with us (eg. top of park versus bottom if you are on a subway and delayed).
Hope to see you on the ride and celebrate out Italian / French heritage with a visit from Columbus Circle (Italian) to New Rochelle (French).