A quick way to leave NYC city by bike is to ride across the George Washington Bridge from 177st into the Palisades. The Palisades are a beautiful stretch of New Jersey (I know) that go north and merge into Rockland County, NY. Along the way you pass waterfalls, ride on cycle only routes and have the potential to adventure further to places like Storm King, DIA Beacon, vineyards and the list goes on.
Riding the George Washington Bridge
This past Saturday we rode from Manhattan over the George Washington Bridge, through the Palisades and onto Piermont, NY. The ride was around 40 miles round trip from 177st & Cabrini Blvd through beautifully hilly terrain. Most of our rides are anywhere from 10-20 miles usually ending up at a destination where we can gather and socialize so this ride was definitely more of challenge. While we gathered at 177st, cyclists in full kit whizzed past on their racing bikes but we were not intimidated and set off!
Overall though the ride is challenging but you can manage it if you’ve done rides around 10-20 miles in the past or are used to commuting regularly on your bike. We had a great time cheering each other onwards and Tishon even completed the journey on a fixie!