Monday, 24 May 2010

Day 5 Andover New Jersey

After a hugely comfortable nights sleep we were up early as Todd and Maureen had kindly agreed to drive us the 2 hours to Philadelphia in particular to the Museum of Art, but not for the art, we just wanted to run up the steps and jump about on the top punching our arms in the air! This has been a childhood dream of Kris’s and when we got there we found Rocky’s statue standing there and Kris reverted back to his childhood! We run up the steps I don’t know how many times with big grins on our faces. Back in the car we drove the 2 hours back to New York. I have unfortunately caught a bit of a cold so a quick stop at the drugs store to stock up on pills and a lot of power naps were in order.
Back at Zev’s apartment we changed into our cycling gear and packed all our stuff away into cycling mode for the first time as it was time to load up the bikes. I had forgotten how heavy they were. On the bikes we rode over the George Washington bridge into New Jersey where we were met by Paul our host for the night. Todd and Maureen had also stayed to wave us off and had randomly got chatting to Paul as a mere coincidence.
The south cycle lane on the bridge was closed so we had to take the north side that unfortunately did not have any ramps, but did have a shed load of stairs! I cant lift my bike so Kris had to lift them both and all I could do was carry the helmets! Back at Paul’s house which is set in the beautiful forest area we met his wife Jane who had prepared us a lovely meal which we ate outside on the decking. She showed us a photo on her mobile of a black bear that she had taken. The bear was sniffing about on the decking where we were sat. Need I say more.
Paul and Jane are fellow cyclists who are too off on a tour in a months time so we had a lot to chat about. They were a wonderful couple who made us feel very welcome and we feel privileged to have been their first guests. We wish them all the best for their adventure.

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