Garry McGivern’s bike-ride to Australia-and-beyond, Wednesday, 4th-July-2012. In New York City. It’s American Independence day. Linda and Eva arrived late yesterday, and after they’d checked in, we went out for something to eat. Then we went on the Staten Island ferry, which gave us a good view of the Manhatten skyline at night. I’m surprised they wanted to do anything after their five-hour flight. But I wasn’t complaining.
It seemed to take forever to get moving this morning, but then that’s the joys of playing the tourist with a couple of women. What do they do that takes so long. Once they had shown up, we went to the Brooklyn Bridge and walked along that. Bit of a shame that it was all covered in scaffolding. But hey, at least I sort of saw it.
We walked around Wall Street, which, as you can imagine, was completely deserted, being a national holiday. After Wall Street, we made our way to the World Trade Centre from Wall Street and saw the new building they were putting up to replace the twin towers. We also booked some tickets for tomorrow to go and see ground zero.
And tonight, we went on a boat on the Hudson River to watch the fourth of July fireworks. Not that we could really see them, but it was still good, my second night of seeing the Manhatten skyline at night. The Empire State Building was lit in the colours of the American flag red, white and blue. We finished the evening off by going to Times Square, which was buzzing with people and had a good atmosphere.
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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