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Cycling The 20 Bridges

Susanne Masters spent a memorable day following the course of the 20 Bridges swim

LYING ON A TOW BOARD BEHIND A JET SKI KAREN LOOKED LIKE A GLEAMING WHITE MERMAID

“An empty packet of Doritos could float around Manhattan”, said a man leaning against the railing looking at people about to swim around the island. In order to swim around Manhattan you pass under 15 bridges in Harlem River, 4 in East River, and one in Hudson River. Being in New York at the same time that my friend Karen was taking on The 20 Bridges challenge was a perfect opportunity for vicarious swimming pleasure. It was my boyfriend’s idea to follow her the whole way round the city on bikes.

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