I've long felt that one of the nicest ways to end a long bike ride is with a boat ride. That's one of the reasons I pedal across the George Washington Bridge, and down the Jersey Palisades, Jersey City and Bayonne to Staten Island, where I hop on the ferry.
When I first started to ride, I was cursing myself for not getting on my bike until well into the afternoon. But the weather had turned from briskly to pleasantly cool, and rays of sunshine were peeking through clouds that blanketed the sky but didn't really threaten rain. The last few miles of my bike ride, and the one on the ferry, turned into a light show: