Tuesday, May 10, 2016

We Did It! The Great Saunter 2016 - A Walk Around Manhattan

If you want to really see New York take a walk, a nice long 30 plus mile walk!. All the way around the island of Manhattan! 

The Great Saunter is a walk sponsored by the Shorewalkers walking club to draw attention to the shoreline, greenways and parks around Manhattan's riverfront.

On Saturday we joined 1498 walkers for the annual Great Saunter. And what a great walk it was!

Woo Hoo!!! Woot Woot!!! Blow the horns and throw the confetti because we were two of the 630 that finished the whole entire walk!!!! 

My biggest fear on tackling this walk was the weather. I knew if it was hot I'd never make it. But it turned out to be a beautiful day for walking. Even though the weather predicted rain at various times on Saturday we didn't experience any drops on our heads. It was a perfect day to walk. Overcast, cool and dry! Perfect!

7:30 Start Time!

It was a very short walk from our hotel to the start point at Fraunces Tavern. We were preregistered but we checked out the line before we took off walking. People were lined up all the way around the corner of the building waiting to register.

An overcast sky above the Hudson River...

Couldn't resist getting a photo with Lady Liberty

Battleship Intrepid

The centerpiece of the Sea, Air and Space Museum on the Hudson River

Little Red Lighthouse

We walked up north on the east side of the island beside the Hudson River past Chelsea Piers to Riverside Park. And then on to Riverbank State Park. Next stop the Little Red Light House under the George Washington Bridge.

When I think of New York City I think tall buildings, concrete and crowds. It was a pleasant surprise to find so many parks to walk through.

Innwood Hill Park 

Walking through Innwood Hill Park I'd swear we were out in the middle of nowhere. Trees and rocks surrounded the path and there was no street noise! Hill is appropriate in the name of this park. These were the first hills we encountered and they were quite steep in parts.


As we got on the west side of the island heading south we lost the riverfront in a few places. This meant a zig zag into South Harlem. 

There was actually a graffeti contest of sorts going on...

Bridges Galore!

If you like bridges this is the place to be. Thankfully the Saunter didn't require walking over any bridges but there were plenty to walk under. I think I counted 15 bridges along the walk. 

Williamsburg Bridge

Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty up ahead. 

Finally Made the Finish Line!

Even though it's advertised as 32 miles, it's actually a little over 34 miles. But what's a couple of miles here or there? It took us right at 13 hours to get to the finish. We certainly weren't the first ones but  we also weren't the last! But that's OK it wasn't a race or a competition. Although we were determined to finish and we did!

Wonderful day for a slow walk around the shoreline of Manhattan!


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