Today, we took a ferry ride to Governor’s Island with Colm and Eamonn. We had not been there since before Henry was born and it was nice to see the landscaping changes as well as some really interesting art installations. We also explored the Vintage Bus Bash that was taking place there over the weekend. This was a chance to see vintage New York City buses from the New York Transit Museum. Although I had a great time, it was a really hot day and my mind was on finding shade and liquid much of the time. Luckily there were free fans at the transit exhibition and Henry tried to help cool me off on the way home.
Cousin Shannon, Henry and I started our Sunday with a bike ride up the Hudson River Park with a short stop on the Upper West Side so Henry could run a little bit. After the bike ride, Mark joined us for a walk across the crowded Brooklyn Bridge to the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Henry was very happy to play with Shannon and show her the park. Once home and exhausted, Henry did not want to go to bed for fear of missing something so he slept with Shannon on the pull out couch for half the night.
Henry and I were only able to take our bike out a few times last fall and he wasn’t too keen on the idea. His helmet would fall over his eyes and I would have to stop many times to check on him. Flash forward to spring and the helmet is almost too small, but Henry was very enthusiastic about the idea of putting it on and riding in the bike seat (he was comfortable enough to fall asleep very early in the ride). I am still a little timid about riding on the crowded west side bike path, but hopefully I will get more confident too.
Henry’s bike helmet arrived on Friday. I have to admit, I was a little bit tentative about taking him out for a ride. Not only is the West Side bike path busy because of speeding bicyclists and runners all clumped together, but I fear a loss of balance given the uneven distribution of weight.
Once we got going, I was fine, but Henry was apprehensive. He wasn’t too excited about the ride overall and we didn’t make it too far without him trying to slip out of the seat. I hope for a better ride next time. He didn’t like the BOB jogging stroller too much the first time and now he is perfectly comfortable on our runs.
Henry tried out his newly installed bike seat today. Having not ridden my bike for almost two years, this was a pretty exciting event for me as well. I wouldn’t call myself an avid bicyclist, but Mark and I used to take some pretty long rides with friends. Two of those long rides took place on Labor Day weekend in 2010 and 2011. It is a nice sort of anniversary time to get back on the bike. Once Henry gets his helmet, we will be off!