Monday, 12 September 2011

Walking the George Washington Bridge




There are some things so inherently pointless that, having done them, you can't quite imagine choosing to do the same again. But on the other hand, the very silliness of doing something can contribute to the experience, and make it - one time, at least - quite fun.

I think walking from Edgewater into Manhattan is one of those things.

I didn't actually realise until I gave the address to the cab driver at JFK that my hotel - the closest to Columbia University that my travel agent could find - was on the other side of the Hudson in New Jersey. But the info sheet in my room said that it was three miles up to George Washington bridge - and that's a very manageable distance that I should usually be able to walk in about 45 minutes, so I decided to go a-wandering.

It took me an hour and a half, with over twenty minutes of that on the bridge itself. I also got a little bit lost trying to find the pedestrian path, and was turned away by the police on my first attempt! I wouldn't mind the time, though, if it was even a nice route. But the road up to the bridge isn't that great to walk along, it's very busy, with lots of side-roads to cross and gaps with no pavement (sidewalk!). And once you get onto the bridge itself, the traffic is constant and the pollution overwhelming. But once I'd started walking, sheer bloody-mindedness took over, and I wasn't going to give in half-way and catch the bus.

Still, it was a fun thing to have done the once, even if I won't be doing it again in a hurry. And there was a strange sense of cameraderie with other bridge-walkers as we exchanged windswept smiles and wondered why anyone else would be so daft as to be up there...



11 comments:

Chef E said...

I may have to bring you oxygen for our dinner meeting! Goodness! I would have thrown myself off with my asthma problem...

Charlotte said...

I still can't believe you did this. That is one that that I have never experienced as a New Yorker, but KUDOS to you for making it all the way :)

SOOOOO wonderful to meet you yesterday, Rachel! XOXO and enjoy the rest of your stay in the big apple.

Kel said...

I'm not a big fan of bridges so I don't think I could have done it. But at least you can say you did it. Enjoy the rest of your visit I the US.

Jenny Woolf said...

I once walked over the Golden Gate Bridge and thought it would never end. Didn't meet anyone else on the way!

Slamdunk said...

You are brave Rachel.

Our oldest and his grandpa have tackled the Brooklyn bridge, and that is all mom will let them do.

christine said...

Enjoy your visit, sweetheart, hope all goes well, catch up when you return. love you xx

Rabbit Hole Report said...

Rachel, you are one brave, adventurous soul. If anyone ever gives you a hard time about anything, just tell them you crossed "the great gray bridge" and lived to blog about it.

So nice meeting you yesterday. Have a great trip back.

xo

The Blonde Duck said...

Guess what? I released my own e-book! :)

Rachel said...

It sounds like a great adventure!

lostinsophistication said...

This post brought such a wide smile to my face. :) I applaud the initiative!

Velva said...

Just the idea that your "bloody mindness" took over is proof that you can master the art of visiting/living in New York City.

I hope your time visiting is wonderful.

Take care.
velva

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