This day started pretty well. Nice HOT breakfast again and no rain. It was all ready 27 degrees Celsius at 0830. Headed from upstate NY towards our goal my parentÔÇÖs house in Stony Brook NY as the final leg of the first part of our tour. Cheryl found us some really cool off beat roads and towns between NY and Pennsylvania. The temperature was tolerable because we were riding mountainous roads with shade. Had to stop quite often even still to rehydrate. This humidity will suck the water right out of you if you are not careful. Little did we know what we were in store for when we reached the George Washington Bridge.
Nice to see upstate NY using wind turbines throughout the State. I went to University in a small town in Upstate NY, called Hobart & William Smith College on Seneca Lake in Geneva. The finger lakes in NY are like the very mini Great Lakes of the mid west. Absolutely beautiful around that area and it was great to be back even if it was brief.
Riding down to NYC was enjoyable and scenic...
However, The temperature by the time we got to the bridge area was at times as high as 40.5 Celsius and 100% humidity. Sunny skies and no shade. We saw there was a delay at the bridge and pulled off to an Exxon gas station to try and wait the traffic out.
We tried to cool off in what shade we could find. AS we got closer to NYC to heat just got hotter. My parents were trying to call us to say don't come to Long Island because this day, July 24th 2010 was supposed to be the worst day of the week with humidity and high temperatures. But we carried on!
We have been riding almost 7 hours by now!
This was the temperature in the Exxon gas Station outside the bridge in the "shade".
Rumour has it there was a Yankee game and that is why the traffic was so heavy!
Way more than a 20 min delay!
After about 45 minutes we thought the traffic was flowing better only to find out it would take us another 45 minutes in the beating down HOT sun in stop and go traffic to get to the toll booth. BTW, NY charges motorcycles the same rate as cars. Cheryl and I were forced to drive like a New Yorker to keep all these cars from cutting in front of us to get to the toll. $16 dollars later we were through. We are both dying at this point from the heat and exhaustion. Playing mind games we stayed focused. On the way to the Throggs Neck bridge to Long Island, I saw that there was another toll.
I initially thought I only had $9 left in US cash. Started to freak out a bit on the side of a very busy highway, Cheryl is tired, my head set mic was not working all day and is still broken and I could not voice my frustration to Cheryl via the intercom. I found more cash and we headed to the next bridge again to see there was stop and go traffic. Made it through and the toll guy discounted our rate because he was a nice guy. $5 for both of us vs. $11. Almost seeing double by now from the heat etc....we headed to Long Island and eventually after a 10 ?¢ hr day stopping and going, taking water and pee breaks....we made to my parents driveway about 1930 finally.
What we will remember about this day the three HÔÇÖs. Hazy hot & humid, mental endurance is just as important as physical and relying on your riding partner is a must. Absolutely the most trying day in all aspects but glad we did it, glad we made it and nice to be with family. Taking a break until Wednesday, July 28th.