Waterfront Cruise to Breakfast @ IKEA, & Back
Our scenic, brisk sortie starts at the Chelsea Pier Carousel, circumnavigates the lower Manhattan waterfront, crosses the Manhattan Bridge, then cruises the Brooklyn waterfront. It's mostly bike paths and off-street riding. We arrive with deserving appetites for a casual IKEA food court breakfast nosh. That area opens 9:30 AM (1/2 hour earlier than main store). Exiting via the food shopping mall will also give us a quick opportunity to stock up on some packaged ethnic takeaways. Then we zip across Brooklyn to the Wille-B and our Manhattan re-entry. Estimated return at Willie B (bridge) around noon. Optional: Some riders may want to take the free IKEA weekend ferry back to Pier 11 Wall Street; that's fun, and do check the schedules and bike regs).
Trip total is 10ish miles outbound; 6ish return; short and sweet. Pace will be brisk but conversational.
Mostly bike path and bike lanes; need ability to safely ride these and in some mixed traffic. Ride as a group, only an occasional Point-drop-sweep.
BRING: Dress warm for the weather and in layers. BYO the usual tubes, pump, flat repair, hydration, lock/cable for entry door area bike rack at IKEA. Print/BYO cue sheet (link below).
TIP: In advance, join the IKEA family plan; you get free coffee, and extra discounts/specials on food and other items. https://info.ikea-usa.com/FAMILY/?c
START: 8:30 AM sharp, outside the carousel on waterfront side of Hudson River Chesea Pier #62, W. 22nd Street. In advance of our start - - restrooms are insidethe northeast entrance to Chelsea Pier 62.
FINISH: Willie-B bridge bike path by noon
NOTE: We'll not be weather wimps, so a little bit of "wet" might not deter us, although we might change the meeting place and start time. So stay tuned.