The descent from the bridge is a lot faster than the climb. I decide to re-enter the bike lanes in the streets of the east side so I can pass directly in front of United Nations building. The sculptures of St George and the Dragon and the Knotted Gun are two of my favourites.
I head north and then west through the bicycle-laned streets of Manhattan until I arrive at Central Park. Stopping at a street food vendor for lunch I buy a plate of flavourful chicken with rice and salad, put it in my carrier and ride into the park.
Lunch on a rock by a waterfall in the middle of the greatest city on earth – heaven.
I ride around the park, past people rowing in the lake, past Strawberry Fields, past a street musician entertaining groups of people. I stop to watch a couple of boys rescuing a turtle from the bike path.
Leaving the park, I head west past the beautiful brownstones of the upper west side. I can only dream of seeing inside these gorgeous homes. Re-entering the Greenway, I pedal back to my little hotel where I will take a refreshing nap and then clean up.