UPDATE JULY 13: There is a shuttle bus replacing the 2 train in the Bronx between the 3rd Avenue/149th Street station and the East 180th Street station. There is a local shuttle bus and an express shuttle bus. When you get off the train at 3rd Avenue/149th Street, go outside and find the Express Bus to East 180th Street then get back on the train at the East 180th Street station.
Here is a link to the advisory: Service Advisory
I'm not sure exactly how much longer the shuttle bus makes the ride, figure at least 20 minutes and up to half an hour. If you are running late you can get off the 2 train at Gun Hill Road or 219th Street and walk west, toward the Bronx River, and meet the group along the way. Call me or text me at 917-727-5507 for directions to the group.
To avoid the shuttle bus, you could take the MetroNorth Harlem line to the Woodlawn station. The 10:24 local Harlem Line train stops at Harlem/125th Street at 10:34, Fordham at 10:42, Botanical garden 10:45, Williams Bridge 10:48 and Woodlawn at 10:51. The one-way fare for the weekend City Ticket is $4.25, the City Ticket is sold at all MetroNorth ticket machines.
Here is a link to the train schedule: Train Schedule
If you take MetroMorth, exit the platform via the stairs up to the 233rd Street Bridge, turn left, then go to the stairs in front of the Montefiore Hospital at the southeast corner of 233rd Street and Bronx Boulevard and wait for the group to come down the hill. We will be stopping at the hospital to use the lobby restrooms.
Another option is to take the Bx 12 Express Bus, which runs from 207th Street in Inwood into the Bronx and along Fordham Road and meets the 2 train at Pelham Parkway, which is north of the shuttle bus section.
We will walk the Bronx River Greenway starting at the 233rd Street stop of the 2 line to Soundview Park and end up at the St. Lawrence Avenue stop of the 6 train.
About 14 miles and 6 hours, moderate pace, mostly paved trails, some dirt paths, some hills. The walk will take us through Shoelace Park, into the Bronx River Forest and Bronx Park, across Pelham Parkway, into a free part of the Bronx Zoo for a close look at the river, past the Cross Bronx Expressway into Starlight Park, across Westchester Avenue to the Concrete Plant Park and under the Bruckner Expressway to Soundview Park. We will stop to eat lunch at a park just past Pelham Parkway; there are nearby delis, restaurants and fast food joints, or bring your own and eat in the park.
Meet: 10:30 a.m. outside the 233rd Street station of the #2 line at the south west corner of 233rd Street and White Plains Road.