That leaves me still here today, and I've decided to take either half a day or a full day off to reorganise and shed a few pounds on the bike. It really is too heavy. Having to completely empty my apartment of all my belongings probably contributed to this because many things probably migrated to the bike when they have no need to be there, but it's time to lose some of the excess weight or I'll never get anywhere fast.
The main highlight of yesterday was definitely the people. So many friends folks came up to talk to me about my trip, and were really interested in following it online. There were too many to list here, but to everyone I met, thanks for making my journey feel worthwhile, I loved every conversation. And to the woman on Delancey St. who slowed down, pulled up along side and then gave me the fingers, thank you also, it gave me a good chuckle. And the final message I guess should go to the lucky recipient of the book bag which fell off my bike (containing all my reading material for the trip) - may Dashiell Hammett enrich your life as much as he did mine.
I'll update again when I know where I'm going, but for now suffice to say I've made it out of the city and am on my way.
Farewell, New York. It's been wild.
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