WNBR in Northern Hemisphere is coming!

World Naked Bike Ride will gather thousands of cyclists in many cities of the Northern Hemisphere to promote cycling as a mode of urban transportation, as well as body acceptance. The dress code is “as bare as you dare”, but in my opinion being naked is the best way to get the message across: cyclists use the power of human body for commuting in the city – so, show that body! – and yet we are the ones who are most prone to the truly indecent exposure to the traffic and vehicle pollution. In most cities, including my current hometown NYC, the ride will be held on Saturday the 13th. You can see the list of participating cities here, though it’s not entirely updated – look up if you have a local World Naked Bike Ride near you!

You can see my reports from WNBR in NYC 2013 and 2012, Boston WNBR 2014, as well as from Madrid in 2009Philly Naked Bike Ride was in is the biggest one I’ve participated so far. As long, as NYPD doesn’t disturb us like last year, we should have a fun ride all along – come and join WNBR NYC if you’re around:
Bodies assembly at 4:00pm, ride departs by 5:00 pm sharp. Arrive early for body painting, trainings, teach-ins, and socializing! Volunteers plan on coming early!
Grand Ferry Park; final route will be communicated to riders who show up only. More details on WNBR NYC wiki page!

wnbrNYC2015

oil-Independence Night in Boston (WNBR)

Last Saturday, Boston had its own edition of the World Naked Bike Ride, when more than 200 people took over its streets.

World Naked Bike Ride 0004 Boston, MA, USA

It’s my 4th city where I’ve done WNBR, but it’s the first one where it takes place at night.

World Naked Bike Ride 0005 Boston, MA, USA

I won’t stop repeating that WNBR is probably the most cheerful and peaceful demonstration against oil-dependency, promoting human-powered modes of transportation as a healthy alternative. It serves as a fun bike tour too, and I think I’m going to make it a tradition to visit new cities for WNBR.

World Naked Bike Ride 0003 Boston, MA, USA

I’m not sure that nigh is the best time of the day for WNBR, as we want to have a bigger impact on public, and Boston is not the city that never sleeps. However, we passed through both sleeping and bustling neighborhoods, with overwhelming support from the street crowd, especially on the streets with bars 🙂

World Naked Bike Ride 0001 Boston, MA, USA

We had a couple of short breaks to catch the breath in parks,

World Naked Bike Ride 0007 Boston, MA, USA

just to fill up the streets again with new power.

World Naked Bike Ride 0002 Boston, MA, USA

Altogether we were riding for more than 2 hours through Boston downtown and Cambridge in our altogethers!

Given the nightly atmosphere, it was nice to have some bright lights, which a friend of mine gave me as a present after I got hit by car; they are a bit too crazy to use them on a daily (or rather nightly) basis, but they served just fine for WNBR in NYC and in then Boston, and thanks to them I got on boston.com site – check out the photo gallery with yours truly.

WNBR NYC and Free Form Festival: free, arrested and then freer than ever!

Last Friday, the weather in New York city wasn’t the most cooperative for the World Naked Bike Ride, and yet a couple of dozens of hardiest cyclists showed up at the Grand Ferry Park. We welcomed the thunderstorm by dancing naked in the downpour, and as the rain was calming down, we took off to the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Despite the weather, there were still people on the streets, and we got cheered by pedestrians, other cyclists and car drivers alike! We got some friendly smiles and hand waives even from police. When passers by asked us why we were naked, I replied that skin was waterproof 😉

By the time we got to Washington Square Park, it stopped raining altogether.

WNBR 2014 0005 New York, NY, USA

But some of us seemed to miss water already 🙂

WNBR 2014 0000 New York, NY, USA

I wish New York accepted nudity, at least in parks, and as these rides show, general public doesn’t seem to be opposed to it, once confronted to a cheerful naked crowd.

WNBR 2014 0010 New York, NY, USA

The World Naked Bike Ride aims to promote safe environments for cyclists and public in general, and who would argue that if you can feel safe in your city while being naked, it must be as safe as it gets?

WNBR 2014 0004 New York, NY, USA

Then we headed out to the Hudson Greenway and took some more pictures with iconic views.

WNBR 2014 0001 New York, NY, USA

As to the banner, I personally don’t think NYC should be car-free altogether, but it would definitely become a better city, if half of the drivers switched to bicycles 🙂

WNBR 2014 0003 New York, NY, USA

Unfortunately, our ride after that didn’t go as peaceful and proved that it wasn’t the weather we should have been worried about:

WNBR 2014 0008 New York, NY, USA

All of a sudden, we were overtaken  by an undercover police car (disguised as a yellow cab!) and then even more police came and blocked the street. We can only guess why, but they also arrested two of the participants!

WNBR 2014 0009 New York, NY, USA

It was pleasing to get support from bystanders. One of them shouted that he thought he happened to be in Iran. However, this didn’t stop police, and our two arrestees were detained till next evening! Your can read more at the blog of one of the organizers of New York’s WNBR, Ben, as well as an article from Gothamist.

I was very happy about how our ride went last year, and there is no reason why it should have ended so bitter this year. I’m especially puzzled why this happens in seemingly liberal New York. I bet many spectators of our ride on Friday had that “only in New York” moment, but what they probably didn’t realize was that in many cities of the world and US, the World Naked Bike Ride actually attracts many more riders, and what happens only in New York perhaps is that participants of such rides get arrested. Hopefully, it’ll be better next year. And there’re still some more rides this year too, including WNBR Boston next Saturday, June 28 (read this announcement about at Boston Magazine).

 

Last weekend, I went to Free Form Festival at The Schuylkill County Fairgrounds, PA,  and it was a nice and necessary breath of freedom after I witnessed the arrest at WNBR.

Free Form Festival 2014 0000 Pennsylvania, USA

This festival celebrates anything positive and artsy, anything that brings people together and raises the spirit, and social nudity is a part of it.

I started off with a naked lunch, which by coincidence seemed to be all Tuscan style – featuring Tuscan salami, Tuscan bean salad, and Tuscan salami – despite I bought those at different places without thinking about it :p

Free Form Festival 2014 0004 Pennsylvania, USA

Free Form Festival follows the format of Burning Man, just at a smaller scale and with grass instead of dust.

Free Form Festival 2014 0003 Pennsylvania, USA

I didn’t take many photos, as it was more about having fun and interacting with people.

Free Form Festival 2014 0001 Pennsylvania, USA

Even though nudity is not common there, it’s definitely welcome. As you can see at this photo from a contact workshop, where we pretended to be a school of fish, nobody had a problem with following a naked dude.

Free Form Festival 2014 0002 Pennsylvania, USA

At night, everybody gathered for the effigy burn, and a few people, including me, were dancing naked around. One of the fire spinners got naked too, and had a solo performance on the side. Also, a guy whose dance style was more like Tai Chi got naked too and taught me a couple of principal Tai Chi moves. Then he brought me to a creek with cold water behind the amphitheater. And that was my experience of duality – this year’s theme of Free Form Festival – fire and water, heat and cold, light and darkness…

Hopefully, events like the World Naked Bike Ride and Free Form Festival will make world a more open, accepting and freer place, so that you can feel safe even naked!

some upcoming events this month

WNBR NYC 2014

World Naked Bike Ride will gather thousands of cyclists in many cities of the Northern Hemisphere to promote cycling as a mode of urban transportation, as well as body acceptance. The dress code is “as bare as you dare”, but in my opinion being naked is the best way to get the message across: cyclists use the power of human body for commuting in the city – so, show that body! – and yet we are the ones who are most prone to the truly indecent exposure to the traffic and vehicle pollution. In most cities, the ride will be held on Saturday, 14 June, but in New York City, it’s on Friday the 13th. This will be a hell of a fun ride: an awesome way to finish off the work week, to say the least! You can see my reports from WNBR in NYC last year and 2012, as well as from Madrid in 2009; Philly Naked Bike Ride is in August, and with 3500 participants last year is the biggest one I’ve participated. Although I don’t know the reasons why WNBR is held on a different day here in New York than in most the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, I’m glad that it’s on Friday, because it lets me go for the weekend to yet another amazing event.

Free Form Festival brings together the vast East-Coast creative arts community from 12-16 June at at The Schuylkill County Fairgrounds, Pennsylvania. With its aim to “increase diversity in our local artistic landscape”, it will surely be interesting and fun, and by the way, it is an officially clothing-optional event too! Tickets are still on sale and may be purchased by clicking here. Who else is going?

I’m also looking forward to ‘Bouncing Buns7k Trail Race in Pennsylvania for American Cancer Society on the 21st of June. 7km is the longest distance that I’ve seen for a naked or clothing-optional race – it’s good to be challenged, moreover for a good cause. Well, in 2012, I passed the challenge pretty well, coming in third! I ran a bit faster last year, but with fiercer competition, I had only 7th result. This year, I cannot hope to run faster, as I’m still not 100% recovered after my ankle injury, but will I have less fun? Of course not! With 150 or so naturist folks of all shapes and ages, everybody can feel comfortable in their own skin. However, I’m going with a couple of fellows again, and it doesn’t hurt to have some healthy competition, just like with the friends in ‘Team America’ that I got to know last year. The event is organized by Pretzel City Sports and you can register for the race at their website: $25 before June 9, $32 after. Part of your registration fee will support American Cancer Society, and afterwards you get an opportunity to hang out at Sunny Rest naturist resort, where the trail race will take place. It’s a great opportunity to run just the way you like. The event is clothing-optional, and we’ll certainly opt for the style of the [authentic] Olympic runners 😉 Also, if you have any doubts about running naked, have a look at my brief overview that links running and our naturally naked (furless) body from an evolutionary perspective – I hope it’ll make sense to you. Besides participating in the race, we also plan to do some yoga at Sunny Rest, as well as play badminton and volleyball.

Last but not least, as the beach season has commenced, it’s worth mentioning that there is a Groupon sale for the Seastreak ferry from Manhattan to Sandy Hook beach: $25 instead of regular $45. Unfortunately, unlike in previous years, there is no $30 coupon on Seastreak’s website, and you can only get one groupon ticket…

Philly Naked Bike Ride bigger than ever?

Philly Naked Bike Ride is Philadelphia’s own edition of the World Naked Bike Ride; as their website states, “PNBR is about: Riding together to promote fuel conscious consumption, positive body image, and cycling advocacy.” From my first experience of the World Naked Bike Ride in Madrid in 2009, I also learnt that it is the best way to have a bike tour through the city – with hundreds of fun people as a company and central streets being cleared of cars. So I thought it’d appropriate to visit the first historic capital of the United States on such an occasion. In most cities in Northern Hemisphere, World Naked Bike Ride takes place on the second weekend of June, but Philadelphia hosts one in August, so I wouldn’t have to skip the ride in NYC this year in order to go to Philly. Although I was happy with how New York’s naked bike ride went this year, I have to admit it is dwarfed by the ride in Philly with its 3000+ participants.

As my friend from Philadelphia who gave me a lift to the city wanted to volunteer before the ride, we arrived a couple of hours before the official start. There were numerous signs and volunteers on the bike lanes that directed bikers towards the starting point.

naturist 0000 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

The lawn next to Penn Treaty Park was already filling up with people, and as soon as the first one got naked many others followed the trend; body painters were getting busy too.

naturist 0002 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

Then more friends from NYC arrived, and after we covered ourselves with enough glitter (with the assumption that there is no such thing as too much glitter),

naturist 0006 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

we went on to make new friends and share glitter.

naturist 0008 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

Green, for the political statement.

naturist 0015 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

Meanwhile, the lawn got really packed and the bikers were lining up in preparation for the ride. This was another opportunity to make new friends, like this fellow in romper suit.

naturist 0016 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

The organisers and volunteers of PNBR were dismantling the stands and cleaning the park, a good tone for environmental demonstration.

naturist 0023 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USAnaturist 0024 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

Some participants had to do last minute fixes…

naturist 0025 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

So the delay time was not wasted,

naturist 0020 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

and the energy was high when the ride finally started.

naturist 0000 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

The work of volunteers continued in regulating the traffic and directing the ride, and they did a great job, all went smooth. This is quite impressive given the mere number of cyclists. We filled up the street as far as you could see in both directions.

naturist 0046 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USAnaturist 0050 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

That’s what you call a critical mass! In the tunnel, it was even more evident.

naturist 0114 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USAnaturist 0115 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

Below is an arial shot.

PNBR air view

By the way, although the vast majority of participants rode typical bicycles, you could see a wide spectrum of  engine-free modes of transportation.

naturist 0026 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

Of course, there was a tandem bicycle – perfect for a well coordinated couple, as it provides better power-to-weight ratio.

naturist 0030 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

And this guy on the tall bike certainly had the best view.

naturist 0096 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

Those two ladies had a leisurely ride without having to pedal at all, thanks to a friend who didn’t mind being their rickshaw.

naturist 0111 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

There were some BMX bikers too, but unfortunately there was not much chance for them to show their skills, but I’m sure it was a pretty intense exercise anyways, as most of the time during our 2-hour ride they had to pedal standing.

stepper bike at PNBR 2013

So as this guy on a stepper bike (not sure which is more difficult).

naturist 0119 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

But why limit yourself with bicycles? Roller skates

naturist 0121 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

and skateboards were a popular choice too and proved to be good alternative for commuting in Philly.

But I saw a couple of people who went even further: they ran the whole route. One of them, even barefoot. Why not, human body is capable of amazing physical endurance.

I myself was ‘just another’ cyclist on the ride, except that I was busy taking a lot of pictures for this report (most of the photos here are by me, but some are from the PNBR flickr pool).

And there were a lot of notable characters worth mentioning:

naturist 0009 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

The Mexican wrestler;

golden lady (I know how it feels to be covered in gold 😉 )

and the winged lady;

the romper suit guy again;

the naked chef;

naturist 0102 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

pink-red guy and his dog;

naturist 0072 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

the tall bike guy again (he quite literally stood out in the crowd);

naturist 0094 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

Deadmau5 (or rather his fan, judging by the absence of the tattoos);

naturist 0086 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

and this fellow with the first aid kit was conveniently easy to spot too (not that anyone ended up needing it, as far as I know)… Oh wait, I think he just missed this dude who seemed to have got himself seriously wounded before the ride even started…

naturist 0010 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

Don’t worry, he was actually just promoting the ‘Naked and Scared Challenge’ at Shocktoberfest, “Pennsylvania’s Premier Haunted Scream Park.”

By the way, the success of Philly Naked Bike Ride has drawn an even bigger company to promote itself by distributing free drinks to energise the participants. Nothing wrong with that!

naturist 0001 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

And definitely there was an impact on other citizens of the city.

naturist 0051 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

Most importantly, car drivers seemed to be happy with the ride, even though we took over the streets for a while.

naturist 0054 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

Some cheerers had even prepared quite affirming posters for us.

naturist 0123 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

And even entire families went out of their houses to cheer to us!

naturist 0068 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

I’m pretty sure those tourists on the bus got some good memories; and perhaps next time, they will take a bike tour instead. Speaking of which – as I mentioned, it was my first visit to Philadelphia,

naturist 0039 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

so I enjoyed the views of the city on the way,

naturist 0048 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

especially when we rode between Philadelphia Museum of Art

naturist 0063 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

and Logan Square and the City Hall;

naturist 0069 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

riding through some narrower streets was fun too.

naturist 0088 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

The ride ended at a parking lot near Piazza.

naturist 0125 Philly Naked Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA USA

Here is the view from above.

Unfortunately, unlike in previous year the after-party was no longer clothing-optional, as the condominiums surrounding Piazza pressured its owner to make participants of the Philly Naked Bike Ride to be no longer naked around there. The party at PYT bar was still fun, but there was a rumour that Piazza owner also has a swimming pool, which would be a great alternative for the after-party next year. That would be great, but regardless of that, Philly Naked Bike Ride has established itself as a massive event with a lot of fun and big impact.

World Naked Bike Ride + New York 2013 = fun and success!

naturist 0009 World Naked Bike Ride 2013, New York, USA

Last Saturday, many cities throughout Northern Hemisphere have seen one of the merriest events imaginable which also represents a peaceful demonstration for environmental consciousness and body acceptance – World Naked Bike Ride. I think it wouldn’t be a true world event if New York weren’t a part of it; finally, New York City is catching up on the naked part too! Unlike last year, this time we were escorted by police, but unlike 2 years ago, they were rather cooperative and did not bother for fully naked participants.

naturist 0007 World Naked Bike Ride 2013, New York, USA

Needless to say, naked, semi-naked and bizarrely-dressed riders attracted a lot of attention. Our naked bodies meant to emphasise that we are unprotected against the traffic and pollution…

naturist 0008 World Naked Bike Ride 2013, New York, USA

and if someone didn’t get the message, they also served a great canvas for slogans.

naturist 0011 World Naked Bike Ride 2013, New York, USAnaturist 0000 World Naked Bike Ride 2013, New York, USA

‘More ass, less gas’ was probably our most popular chant too.

World Naked Bike Ride 2013, New York, USA

Another popular chant was ‘Whose streets? – Our Streets’, and it indeed felt that throughout most of the route, which went through Williamsburg in Brooklyn and Downtown Manhattan, the streets were ours.

naturist 0014 World Naked Bike Ride 2013, New York, USAnaturist 0013 World Naked Bike Ride 2013, New York, USA

If only more people used bikes, how much cleaner and quieter it would be! Is it not possible to imagine New York City streets like that –

naturist 0016 World Naked Bike Ride 2013, New York, USA

– most people going by bikes and just a few by cars (typically for NYC, cabs). And by the way, nobody seemed to be shocked by nudity – quite on contrary, we were cheered all the time. Even if people were puzzled what it was all about, I’m pretty sure many would check online and get the idea.

naturist 0001 World Naked Bike Ride 2013, New York, USA

As I mentioned, it was quite comforting that police was cooperating and friendly (except for one brief incident). I was actually running late for the ride and, accompanied by a fellow [male] rider in a kind of ballerina skirt, which immediately revealed where we were heading to, we were given directions by policemen several times. During the ride, they only seemed to care that we would follow traffic rules.

naturist 0012 World Naked Bike Ride 2013, New York, USA

But I think we were actually pretty good, law-abiding riders, except that we wouldn’t all fit on the bike lane.

For some reason, police was particularly concerned that we’d ride strictly on the right side of the Hudson River Greenway, so we stretched out quite a lot there.

naturist 0003 World Naked Bike Ride 2013, New York, USA

I think the Hudson River Greenway is one of the best urban projects, and it is definitely my favourite way to go Up-/Downtown Manhattan on the west side, and is probably the most pleasant bike path in the whole city.

naturist 0015 World Naked Bike Ride 2013, New York, USA

That’s where we could gain some speed and ride freely without having to watch out for cars.

naturist 0019 World Naked Bike Ride 2013, New York, USA

Williamsburg Bridge is probably the most bike-friendly of all big bridges, and it was so nice to ride it in the buff, feeling the breeze all over body.

naturist 0006 World Naked Bike Ride 2013, New York, USA

Can’t we get some more of such dedicated bike paths? Even the East River Greenway is not complete. I guess we’ll have to continue our naked bike rides and chanting ‘More ass, less gas’ in the years to come 🙂

naturist 0017 World Naked Bike Ride 2013, New York, USA

PS Thanks to Time’s Up for organising the WNBR in New York City. Here is the video produced by Barbara from 2013 ride:

World Naked Bike Ride, NYC edition 2013, is on Saturday, 8 June!

World Naked Bike Ride is coming to New York City again, on Saturday, the 8th of June, together with many other cities around northern hemisphere. I’ll repeat again, that it is a worldwide demonstration promoting cycling as an urban mode of transportation, as well as body acceptance. Riding naked is symbolic and effective way to draw attention to vulnerability of people against the traffic and pollution, and it also shows that being nude is not lewd. Please refer to my previous post why I think we really need this demonstration to be seen and heard in New York City particularly.

Even if you don’t consider yourself an environmental activist or are not sure about public nudity, consider another great aspect of WNBR – fun! I’ve participated in this event in Madrid and New York, as well as at Burning Man last year, and it’s always great fun!

Refer to the official wiki-page of WNBR-NYC and Facebook page for details.

Can New York make it as big as London? or at least Madrid?

World Naked Bike Ride – London – Big Ben

WNBR – London – Piccadilly Circus

Something is missing here!

Times Square – no WNBR?

nudist kayaking down the Ebro River

 Español

Water is definitely the most popular element that invites many to try and practice nudism, and besides obvious swimming/snorkelling or just plain fun skinny-dipping, kayaking sounds like the next best thing to do naked in water. We organized a kayak tour through a naturist forum and got a very good group of people to go down the Ebro River in Spain.

Kayaking is a lot of fun: it’s a good exercise and a great way to explore the area. Although I bet not many people think about it as a naturist activity, it is probably the easiest one to practice on public land (water, that is), as no one can really see from aside whether you wear a swimsuit or not.

We found that we could rent kayaks at the town of Miravet (Tarragona province), which also sounded like a great place to experience Ebro, one of the mightiest rivers of Iberian peninsula. It is a town with long history but is well kept; it was very important during Medieval Ages as a river port. The medieval structure of the town has been maintained till now, and the castle is certainly worth a visit.

When came to rent kayaks, we wore swimsuits, of course; also we were given lifejackets.

But as soon we departed a few meters from the bank, off went the clothes!

The day was just perfect for kayaking, and although we had just tow hours for the whole trajectory, we made a lot of stops to relax and take photos. Aurelio lives in Miravet and knows the area well, so he brought us to an Ancient Roman mill, almost in ruins. This place seemed to be unknown for other travellers.

By the end, we got really tired. I went in a double kayak with my friend David, but it appeared that people that went in single kayaks could move faster. It takes time to learn to coordinate well with your partner, and otherwise, it is more difficult to control a double kayak.

So we definitely enjoyed the rest of the afternoon by the pool at the rural house. Excellent weather, excellent group of friends!

Hopefully we will organise something of that sort next year 🙂

Sandy Hook is stronger than Sandy!

As life in New York metropolitan area slowly returns to normal after the Frankenstorm, some of the city dwellers start thinking beyond the most vital issues. I’ve heard from several people already their concern about whether we’ll have a proper beach season next summer, because of some rumours that beaches got destroyed. So, yours truly got on a plane and went to check it out. Well, luckily I have a friend who is a pilot on a small plane and we planned a flight on the clear morning last Sunday…

When we reached the coastal area of Rockaway, it was obvious that for many people by the waterfront, the most essential question was still… where to live.

A large part of Breezy Point was wiped out by fire that fire department wasn’t able to reach because of the flooding.

These are aerial photographs of one of my favorite beaches, Fort Tilden, before Sandy.

And these are from this Sunday.

The beach itself looks as beautiful, but you can see that the dunes receded… and their sand covers the road now! I have mixed feeling about it being less accessible now. In a way, it is also nice to have some wilderness areas within NYC boundaries.

Jersey Shore suffered from Frankenstorm even more, but we flew only above its northernmost tip, Sandy Hook. Gunnison beach of Sandy Hook, probably my favorite one in the area, appeared totally flooded at first sight.

But it definitely remains to be a wide sandy beach as we know it!

It’s got this interesting sand barrier structure that goes along the shore, but I doubt it will last till next summer.

Parts of the road were still flooded, and I am sure there is a lot of mud and sand.

Another thing that I noticed looking at the beach, was that the parts of sand dunes covered with plants, even just grass or small bushes, seemed to have resisted the surge pretty well.

This made me think that the fence that limits access to the dunes for protection of shorebirds, such as plovers, was actually also necessary to preserve the plant cover. This, in turn, reminded me of a couple of case when I saw rangers patrolling the beach hitting the fence while passing through it and not bothering to put it back! One friend of mine took care of it, and he made it artfully!

In any case, I have no doubt that there will be a beach season next summer. Sandy Hook proved to be stranger than Sandy!

Piraguas nudistas en el Ebro

English

Sin duda uno de los elementos que más invitan a practicar nudismo es el agua. Bañarse sin nada de ropa es algo que todo el mundo ha probado. Bañarse en un río, playa o piscina desnudo es algo que casi todo el mundo (nudistas o no) ha probado y le ha gustado. Y cuando un deporte es en el agua, el bañador sobra.

Practicar piragüismo desnudo es algo muy divertido y aunque no lo parezca es algo que que todos podemos hacer incluso aunque la actividad no esté pensada como nudista. Mientras vas en la piragua nadie mira si llevas o no llevas bañador y puedes evitar rozaduras. Solo hay que tener cuidado con el sol, como siempre.

Tuvimos la ocasión de practicarlo com un grupo de amigos nudistas. Nos conocimos a través de un foro de nudismo, y desde entonces nos habíamos visto un par de veces. Decidimos organizar alguna actividad en verano para poder vernos y poder practicar el nudismo pero de forma original. El Rio Ebro es uno de los más caudalosos de la Península Ibérica y el pueblo de Miravet (Tarragona) fue el destino elegido.

El pueblo de Miravet tiene mucha historia y fue muy importante durante la edad media, como todos los puertos fluviales. Tiene un impresionante castillo templario que merece la pena visitar. Es un pueblo pequeño pero muy bien cuidado y mantiene su estructura de pueblo de la Edad Media, algo que muchos han perdido

Cuando llegamos al lugar del que salen las piraguas (o kayaks, nunca se diferenciarlas) todo el mundo estaba con bañador, claro. El chaleco salvavidas era algo obligatorio. Después nos montamos en las piraguas y cuando hubimos avanzado algunos metros, ¡bañadores fuera!.

Tuvimos un día espectacular, el clima era soleado pero no demasiado caluroso. Fueron dos horas de trayecto, pero hicimos varias paradas en el camino para descansar y tomar algunas fotos. Aurelio, que vive en Miravet, conocía perfectamente la zona y nos llevó a un antiguo molino romano, casi en ruinas. Bajamos de las piraguas y pudimos ver aquel desconocido lugar que pasaba desapercibido para el resto de personas.

Al acabar estabamos cansados. Yo iba en una piragua para dos personas con mi amigo David y creo que fue un error. La gente que iba en piragua de una persona avanzaba más rapido porque hay que coordinarse perfectamente con tu compañero: si no se va más despacio.

Por la tarde tuvimos una ruca comida y aprovechamos para descansar en la piscina de la casa rural donde nos alojábamos. El tiempo fue magnífico y la compañía excelente.

Este año planeamos un viaje juntos durante un fin de semana, pero hubo un percance y no pude ir. Espero que pronto organicemos uno nuevo y os lo contaremos.