A co-worker once told me about his bike trip along the West Side Highway northward to the GWB, crossing over to NJ then southward to wherever he lives. Much as I love to carry out such a bike trip, for me to cycle from the Coney Island area, the southern end of Brooklyn, to Manhattan then northward, the time required can easily take half a day. I don't have that luxury so running from Washington Heights is the next best thing.
I prefer intersecting vehicular traffic as little as possible so starting out at Highbridge Park (around 160ish Street) made the most sense. At 178th Street, with a view of The Apartments, as often mentioned in traffic reports, I turned left to head for the Bridge. I expected a ramp running along 178th Street and leading into the bridge. Instead, the ramp was perpendicular to the bridge, pointing south then turned 180° to lead to the bridge.
|The Apartments, those that are often mentioned in traffic reports.|
|Broadway and 178th Street.|
|No ramp can be seen leading into the bridge.|
|No snow here!|
On the bridge, there were many signs about suicide prevention. Not too long ago, a gay student who was outed by his classmates jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge. Unlike Manhattan Bridge or the Williamsburg Bridge, the railing on the GWB has no fence so it is easy to do so, if someone feels miserable enough.
|The George Washington Bridge.|
|Welcome to New Jersey. NOT!|
|Palisade State Park.|
|Time to head back to New York.|