This past Sunday, we had a lovely ride and picnic with a delightful group of volunteer captains from TaiwaneseAmerican Professionals. Following Jonathon’s captain training, they rode up and met our stokers and did some mileage together around Central Park.
Much thanks to all the captains and to Julie Shen for doing the organizing. We look forward to riding with them again soon.
TAP is a nonprofit dedicated to providing opportunities for social enrichment, community involvement, and personal and professional growth for their members.
This past Sunday we paid our first visit of the season to Floyd Bennett Field, a part of Gateway National Recreation Area(link).
Our stokers and captains travelled from all parts of our fair city, gathering at the nicely air conditioned, thank you very much, Ryan Visitor Center, which was greatly appreciated by volunteers Susan Elefant, Artie (that’s right) Weinberg, father of NY Cares team leader and beloved captain Francis Weinberg, guide dog Cory and civilian dogs Toodles and Charlie Urban. Their moms, Kody and Shana were not in the air conditioned interior as they were out riding all around the 750 acres or so, where gentle bay breezes from three sides lowered the temperature by a good fifteen degrees.
Park ranger, InTandem stoker, and all around great guy Matt Turner kicked off the day with a guided tour of the base, where you were either on a really wide runway or off-road in what they call the back 40. 90 minutes of this and we were ready for lunch – pizza (surprise) and these great little hot dogs and knishes from some place Susan knows in Canarsie. After lunch, more riding and a beach visit. NIce day for all.
Special thanks to Emma and Mick for driving the van and leading the ride for us. And to Jessica, David and all the summer interns out at Gateway.
At Floyd Bennett, Gateway offers camping, fishing, kayaking and rowing. Learn about it at
Been there. Rode that. This past Saturday we completed the Summer Streets triple play. A new group of InTandem stokers set out from Central Park to enjoy the unique opportunity to ride all the way down to the Brooklyn Bridge and back on NYC streets closed to vehicular traffic.
Over the three consecutive Saturdays, 27 of our InTandem stokers took part. As always, thanks to our volunteer captains for all they do. And to the NYC Department of Transportation for making this possible.
Our team took the LIRR out to Heckscher State Park on the south shore of Long Island. We were met at the train by captains Mick and Emma, who had the chariots all saddled up and ready to ride to the park. At the park we connected with Sensei Devin Fernandez and his Third Eye Insight group. Riding commenced immediately with our captains giving back-to-back rides to both InTandem and Third Eye stokers. While some rode, others took martial arts instruction from Sensei Devin. A picnic lunch followed – provided by Third Eye. Then some more riding and a quiet (napping riders) ride back to the city on LIRR.
Special thanks to:
• InTandem captains Mick, Emma, Francie, Pascal and Stanley for the non-stop captaining.
• Mick and Emma for driving the van with the tandems.
• Devin, Kim and Roxanne Fernandez for coordinating the day.