Day 4 (Day 1 for me) of the 2012 National EMS Memorial Bike Ride. The ride had been battered and drenched from the previous days ride. Found the riders, all 70 or so, old and new friends, in fresh spirits, ready to ride at 7am in Long Island, NY. By tradition, and along with the incredible support and help of the FDNY and NYPD, every year we're able to ride through the boroughs and streets of New York City. We traveled over 30 miles on bike in parade style; one long band, 2 riders wide. We were escorted through Times Square, past Central Park, and to the steps of the Freedom Tower. The highlight of the day was a group tour of the 911 Memorial. The sacredness of the site, the beauty of the twin pools ever flowing was deeply emotional.
Soon after we graciously broke bread and ate lunch with members of the FDNY. From there we were transported by FDNY's new fire boat, and given escort across the river to New Jersey. Along the way we passed Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, flame shining beautifully against the grey stormy skies overhead. Perfect end to a great days ride.