31 Jul 2010 8:01 pm   //   Filed under: Bicycles

Today’s Bike Ride: Great Neck and Port Washington

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On this especially beautiful Saturday, I rode my bike 72 miles out onto Long Island and back.¬†Out there, I cruised around the north shore villages of Great Neck and Port Washington. There’s a very specific reason I chose these two destinations, which I will explain in a future post. Regular readers of this blog can probably guess what it is.

Highlights of this ride:

  • Passing the combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.
  • Seeing the house on Forest Parkway where Betty Smith lived when she wrote “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.”
  • Riding on the abandoned Vanderbilt Motor Parkway (where I hit my top speed of 30).
  • Crossing Utopia Parkway, made famous (to me at least) by the band Fountains of Wayne.
  • Getting a bagel sandwich in Manhasset and eating it on a bench with the turtles, dragonflies and egrets in Manhasset Valley County Park.
  • Stopping for a beer with Leslie and Brian and friends at their new place.
  • Witnessing the excesses of Long Island mansions and the depressing decay of northern Brooklyn and eastern Queens, just a few miles apart.

A map follows.

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