Garry McGivern’s bike-ride to Australia-and-beyond, Thursday, 5th-July-2012. In New York City. Another tourist day in New York. We went to ground zero first thing this morning. In the footprint of each tower is a deep dark hole with water cascading down the sides. Around which are all the names of everybody that lost their lives on September 9th, 2001 in the terror attacks. What an incredibly moving and emotional place. And unsurprisingly, there were loads of security checks to get in.
I went shopping after ground zero while the ladies ate lunch. When I got knocked off my bike, the ambulance paramedics cut off my pants. They had wanted to cut my shorts off, but they relented after pleading with them that they were all I had to wear. (I have been washing my other pair every day. Honest!)
We went for a walk around Central Park this afternoon; it’s huge. It seemed rather strange that there was such a place in the middle of all these concrete and steel high rise buildings. After Central Park, we walked down 5th Avenue and went into Trump Towers, with its gold foyer. We visited some museum, which I never took too much notice of, and called into the Rockefella center.
In the evening, we went to Serendipity, a café/restaurant famed for its desserts and has been around for sixty years. Apparently, the seats that we sat in were once sat in by Marilyn Munroe and Jackie Onasis. Whatever! Their desserts were lovely, though.
Don’t forget the main reason behind my ride. I want to raise as much money for cancer research charities as possible. After my wife, Josie, died of breast cancer in 2007, aged only 42. Even the smallest donation helps. You can donate to Cancer Research UK or the Australian National Breast Cancer Foundation. Click on either one to donate. Every little bit helps to rid the world of this cruel disease.
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