05 May Prep Day
Firstly I have to apologise for the delay in blogging. We have had some serious issues with our tech centre but thanks to David and Rich at Verizon, they sorted it all out for us today! I promise I will get back on top of all the blogging and will update the last couple of days in the next 48 hrs. Here is a short blog about our penultimate day before my departure.
I popped over to Paul Molé for a quick shave sorted out by King of Shaves and Remington, to make sure I was looking good for my first day. It was my first experience of a traditional ‘cut-throat’ razor shave, and it was amazing. If and when I move back to NYC I will frequent that place more than once a week. So, a big thank you to my sponsors for sorting that out and especially Diane Wood, Queen of Shaves, who made sure I was looked after.
As soon as I was shaved I headed over to Linden, New Jersey to pick up the RV, my home for the next three months. This wasn’t an easy task and then getting it back into Manhattan was even harder without a Sat Nav. I finally got it to upper Manhattan, picked up all my stuff from the apartment where I had been staying, I have to say a huge thanks to Louie and Lilly for looking after my RV whilst I packed it. I then went to the Financial District to meet my support team, James & Nigel, before getting a bite to eat.
We had to meet close to Ground Zero as I couldn’t get into the heart of the FD due to the size of the streets. I take my hat off to Nigel, my driver, who had been awake for a considerable number of hours and was still happy to go out and have dinner prior to getting down to Long Beach, the start line, where we would rest for the night!
Wow, this was a mission, to drive a little over 25 miles it too us nearly 2 hours. Mainly due to all the low bridges that we met along the way. Trust me when I say this, anytime I see a low bridge sign my heart sinks. The RV is 13′ 6″ and most bridges in and around NYC are lower than that! Anyway we arrived at about 2.15 and I was tucked up in bed by 2.30 for 3 hrs kip prior to my early rise, 5.30 for the start line.
All in all, a very busy day, but we had to get it all done due to time constraints and getting set off on the Sunday.