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New York! New York!07.09.2008
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So on Friday night we have reached New York. I wanted to cross Holland Tunnel, but the Police did not allow me. "Trailers are not allowed! Take the Lincoln Tunnel!"
"Sir, where is Lincoln Tunnel?" I asked him.
"Go right, then turn left, right, and right and... "
"Excuse-me, can you say this again?"
"Ok. I say it one more time: Go right, then turn left, right, and right..."
"Can you speak a little slower?" I asked him.
"Go! I won't tell you a third time!"
Welcome to New York! I finally found Lincoln Tunnel and made it all the wy to Southern Manhattan. I am very surprised to see: Wherever I stop, people always ask me questions, and when I stop for red light, other car drivers always want to know things. "What's the top speed?" is the most usual question, I would say in 90 % of all cases this is what people want to know first. Even in New York City. That's a surprise. Because here, traffic speed is about 2 or 3 miles an hour. At least I can say it took me one and a half hour today to drive from Southern Manhattan to Central Park. Why people ask me about my top speed, I don't know. If someone is in a hurry, he takes the subway. And not a Porsche.
Today I had my first press event in New York. At the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, near Central Park. It was fun.
New York is a great city, lots of things to do, and cycling is great. Today I wanted to rent a canoe and enjoy Hudson River. But no way, "for insurance reasons" none of the canoe clubs wanted to rent me a canoe. I could be washed away and end up in New Fundland, they said, and then who would be paying for the rescue? It was raining today, so I stayed at home, playing around with the computer, preparing the next events. Then, in the evening, the sky cleared, we went to Pier 63, to the Greenenergydrink event. I could present the solartaxi idea to a large and pretty interested crowd. We enjoyed a great view over the Hudson River and the Skyline, interesting people, sunset, party and party.