Sunday was the Bike JC ward tour. The 15-mile ride looped through all six wards of Jersey City — much of which I hadn’t seen before — and ended with music, beer, and crafts at Exchange Place. My total ride was probably a little more than 16 miles since I had to begin at my apartment, but again the MapMyRide app didn’t work properly (there’s most likely a weak signal with the GPS on my phone). I prepared for the ride with another 10-mile ride around Liberty State Park on Saturday.
I was surprised to see that unlike at the Summer Streets in Manhattan, no one was dressed in crazy costumes or had a decorated bike. But, there were plenty of people riding through the streets. We even had a police escort to block traffic.
It was a rather easy ride with very few hills. Unfortunately, it was a slow ride with a few stops in between that weren’t worth a photo. In all it took about two hours, but I could’ve finished it much faster.
After the ride, I sat with friends for a beer and some empanadas. And we met someone from the Humane Society walking around with a dog for adoption. I was tempted to adopt her — she was quite friendly.
The weather was perfect for the ride, but a violent, brief thunderstorm put an abrupt end to the festivities at Exchange Place. I rode home once the rain stopped.