NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A New Yorker who rode West on a Citi Bike in August has finally arrived in California.
Jeffrey Tanenhaus checked out the Citi Bike from a Lower Manhattan docking station on Aug. 6 and began pedaling for California.
“It’s been a long and winding road. I’ve tried to find the flattest ground and the safest ground to ride a bicylce and it has taken me across the United States through ways that I never thought possible,” Tanenhaus told 1010 WINS.
He’s racked up 2,700 miles over the last 4 1/2 months, and is now planning to give his legs a rest while spending a month or so at Joshua Tree National Park. Then, Tanenhaus plans to pick up his journey again and continue to Los Angeles.
“I still have about 300 miles until Los Angeles, which is my end goal is Santa Monica. So I am in my last state, but not yet done and there is going to be some hard riding ahead because I’ve got to get through some desert areas,” he said.
The adventurous bicyclist said the worst part of his trip was dealing with rough weather, including snow and strong winds while pedaling through the South West.
“I got snowed into two different towns on Route 66 in Arizona. I also faced bitter cold temperatures and I’m geared up for warm weather riding because I left New York in August,” he said. “So I was wearing socks on my hands as gloves and it wasn’t working.”
Tanenhaus said he even got punched out by an irate driver in Oklahoma.
As for the maximum $1,200 fine for not returning the Citi Bike on time? He said he’s already paid it.