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Date: 11 Sep 2016 15:37:29
Title: Manhattan

Apologies for the gap.  We are visiting North America for the first time - not counting a brief visit by Rachel 40 years ago - and climbing a steep learning curve (including road signs: for 'cul-de-sac' substitue 'no outlet').

We entered the New World in Miami and flew straight on to New York, though we stayed at an airbnb apartment in Jersey City, close to the west bank of the Hudson river.  The short ferry ride across to Manhattan was a pleasure - far preferable to the subway.  The weather was fine and we managed to walk across Brooklyn Bridge and along the High Line as well as cycle around Central Park.  In Lower Manhattan the black holes that were the World Trade Center 1 and 2 are a big crowd-puller and Wall Street is another, but otherwise the area was quiet in August.


Exercise venue 1 - the Brooklyn bridge


Exercise venue 2 - Central Park (looking north-east from the Rockefeller centre


Time for reflection - in lower Manhattan

Midtown was more hectic and after 4 days of city sight-seeing we were ready to head for the countryside.


Manhattan; One WTC is
1776 feet cleverly avoiding the 'for a while tallest' building situation (clue is the number).

A gentle day's drive west took us to Wellsboro in the Pennsylvania Wilds: a pretty town in a region made prosperous by the lumber trade.  It's a great area for hiking and a pleasant few days' stopover before heading further west towards the anticipated highlight of our trip: Detroit.


About 900 feet deep - they call it the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon


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