Urban Athletics: Bike the Palisades and Unleash Your Inner Indiana Jones

  • July 13, 2013 · 8:45 AM
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*** No need to RSVP "no" if not attending ***

If you're not a spandex clad road cyclist chances are you've never ventured to ride the area in Jersey North of the George Washington Bridge. 'Tis a shame as some of the best scenery to behold is literally a stones throw away from Northern Manhattan in the New Jersey Palisades.

The Plan ...

Today we're going to bike across the George Washington Bridge, head down to the banks of the Hudson and ride. And then ride some more. But we're not just cycling aimlessly and enjoying the greenery -- our goal is to make it to the ruins of Cliffdale Manor. These are the largest ruins in the Palisades Interstate Park of what was once a palatial turn-of-the-century mansion overlooking the Hudson River. In a bit of foresight as to what damage urban expansion can do, the property was purchased by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in 1930 along with much of the surrounding area and the estate razed in an attempt to halt over-development of the Palisades cliffs spurred by the newly built George Washington Bridge. Interesting stuff, read a bit more about the ruins HERE. We'll have to leave our bikes and hike a little to get to the building's remnants so wear comfortable shoes.

A $2.00 organization fee will be collected at this event, your host is in the running for the title of hardest working person on meetup.

** If you don't want to travel all the way downtown to start, I'll be making a secondary pick up at the corner of West 177th Steet & Fort Washington Avenue @ 10:45 AM. **

The Important Stuff ...

  • This is going to be a casually-paced (12 mph) ride of about 42 miles round trip if you leave from City Hall, 22 miles if you meet the group at the GWB. You must be comfortable riding in a group and in traffic. Helmets are required -- no helmet, no ride.
  • The terrain in the Palisades will consist of rolling hills and be challenging so if you abhor riding hills or are of questionable cardiovascular fitness you should sit this one out.
  • We'll be exploring a bit on foot so make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Bring lunch and something to drink. We'll stop to eat at the ruins and options to buy refreshments along the way are limited.
  • Make sure your bike is in good working order before the meetup and bring a lock to leave our cycles. Bring a spare inner tube, patch repair kit, and air pump.
  • Rain cancels the meetup.
  • Check your email before you head out for last minute meetup updates as well as my mobile phone number which will be sent to those who RSVP.
  • Please DO NOT RSVP if you do not seriously plan to attend as space is limited. No flakes allowed! If you RSVP and I notice that you have a number of no shows or have a history of last minute cancellations, you will be removed.
  • Sorry, no guests allowed for this one.

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  • Katie

    I am on the jersey side of the bridge! See you all soon:)

    July 13, 2013

  • Marilyn

    I melt in the rain; must bow out. :(

    July 13, 2013

  • Chris C.

    My red-eye flight back to NY is delayed, so chances are I will miss the start time. :-( Have fun everyone!

    July 12, 2013

  • Caroline

    Hey Kevin,

    Henry & I will meet you at the George Washington Bridge stop.


    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I can't make it due to illness in the family. Raincheck!

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I meet at GWB- NJ side or the most probable location once down the GWB- NJ side? I believe the landing is to the left if facing the NJ side.

    July 12, 2013

    • Jay

      I'll do the same Kevin. See you tomorrow.

      July 12, 2013

  • mballou-danielle

    Hi! will have to cancel this fun bike ride; still jet-lag from my trip overseas. Need to rest. Enjoy the ride!

    July 12, 2013

  • M

    So disappointed to miss this! A friend's last minute bachelorette party the same day, duty calls.

    July 10, 2013

  • Raza

    I'll meet you at City Hall.

    July 10, 2013

  • hogu

    I'm on the waitlist, but if I get in, i'll meet at city hall

    July 10, 2013

  • Robin

    Will meet at second stop @ W177th.

    July 9, 2013

    • Chris C.

      I will also meet up with everyone at the second stop, near GW Bridge. O'Couric, are you also joining us? UES in the house!

      July 9, 2013

  • Jay


    June 27, 2013

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