Despite waking through the night due to the heat and cramp in my legs. I felt quite refreshed. I didn't leave the apartment until 11:00. This meant as slightly later start than I had anticipated for today's half marathon walk. I took the 3 train from outside the Brooklyn Museum to 96th Street. Where I changed to the 1 to Marble Hill 225st. The subway ride itself was interesting. Seeing how the different stations changed as I moved North & uphill. There were even a few outdoor stations on the route. Also it was nice to be in an air conditioned environment for over an hour. The trains I got were very quiet. When I got off the 3 I didn't see anyone else on the train. Marble Hill is located on the other side of the water it is still though included in the borough of Manhattan. It was from here my journey commenced.
Marble Hill seemed a lot like other boroughs I have seen. With the main road and shops all underneath the subway. When I crossed the river and for the next 100blocks, it did not see like Manhattan at all. With more space and no high rise buildings it felt more like rural America. Tryton Park looked like a fun one to explore if there had been time. At this stage of my walk the clouds forecast had not come and I was being baked in sunshine and it was hot. I managed an hour before stopping just to grab a Mocha Maciatto from Starbucks for the walk. Going through Harlem there was a large Spanish feel on Broadway. In the middle of the road small parks had people sitting listening to music and playing games. At 125th I began looking for places for lunch. I found a few good candidates but thought I would push slightly further on with me walk & stop at around 100west. This proved to be an error as at around 114th Broadway became more like the Broadway everyone knows in Manhattan. Even though there were plenty affordable of places to go just off Broadway I had committed to not leaving the street. This meant as I passed a range of high end restaurants I just kept on walking. Going past the Lincoln centre & Columbus Circle before finally coming into Times Square. At this point I had to stop. When I walked past Bubba Gump Shrimp Company I knew this was the Pitt stop I needed. Having a large Bud Lite as well as lots of water. I was offered a complimentary commemorative glass for there 20th anniversary. Having no where to carry it easily for the rest of the walk I declined. The stuffed shrimp with rice was just enough food to get my energy up without wiping me out. They were very tasty as well. Once through Times Square I had four miles to go. I misjudged however the fact that when the streets hit zero there were still 2miles worth of streets to go. Luckily Stefan was able to join me for the final mile. A large Mountain Dew & his company made it possible for me to finish. After completing Broadway we walked all the way to the water, before finding a nearby happy hour pub to celebrate. This bar was busy with the after work crowd in the financial district. I almost enjoyed my water though as much as beer.
The walk overall was very interesting & I would recommend it to anyone, but to perhaps give yourself an early start so you can stop off at more places along the way.
We hopped on the Subway into Brooklyn to get Shake Shack for tea. Stefan & Emily had recommended to try the Chicken & it didn't disappoint. Shake Shack have the own beer made for them by the Brooklyn Brewery which was a nice side with dinner.
The evening was spent in a bar with Stefan's friend who he had met in China who was in town for one day. The bar was nice but the waitress looking after our table just seemed to abandon us & we decided to call it a night rather than force the issue.