24 June 2014

Cycling On The Water?

Whenever I ride to the Rockaways and Point Lookout, as I did the other day, I notice new signs of recovery and rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy.

At the foot of the bridge from Broad Channel (on the Queens "mainland"), there used to be bayside restaurant and club on the Rockaway Beach side.  It was totaled during the storm; the McDonald's next door was flushed out during the surge and looted of whatever was left afterward. The other day, I noticed that some sort of waterside cafe or restaurant had opened.  Attached to it is a dock where one can rent Jet Skis.  I wasn't surprised to see a couple skittering across the choppy bay waves; after all, the day was nearly perfect.  

I've never ridden a jet ski, and it's been a while since I've been in any kind of boat that runs on human power.  However, I couldn't help but to wonder whether such aquatic vehicles could be combined with bicycles.   When I was a kid, it seemed that every amusement park had some sort of artificial pond with little pedal boats shaped like ducks or some other creature.  Why not make something like that for grown-ups?, I wondered.

Might the result look like this?

Or this?


  1. The Jet Ski is the most horrible invention ever made. It ranks right up there with mustard gas and TV shows about the Kardashians.

  2. MT: I agree. I have had no inclination to ride a jet ski, but the idea of crossing one with a bicycle fascinates me in a weird sort of way. On the other hand, I think about the Kardashians only when someone else mentions them. Then I meditate or do whatever else is necessary to exorcise the demon from me. I'm told mustard gas would also do the trick, though I'm not sure I'd want to try it! ;-)

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