Scenes from a Long Island Motorcycle Ride

Scenes from a Long Island Motorcycle Ride

After narrowly escaping a run-in with a giant hockey puck on Sunday evening, I set off east along the north shore. I like picking my way through the farmland that is nestled between the ocean and the suburban sprawl. There is something pleasing about the swaths of open space.

On Saturday my daughter Chloe and I stopped at a field that was positively covered in yellow flowers. They made a sharp contrast with the stormy gray sky.

lovely yellow weeds

On Sunday, I thought it would be nice to go back and see them in the sunshine. But when I returned to the field, they were gone. Nothing but dirt being prepared for planting. Maybe the yellow flowers were actually weeds? That and a reminder that is beauty is fleeting. Appreciate it while it’s in front of you because it could all be gone tomorrow.

I did find another sea of yellow to stop for though. I dawdled on the roadside watching the cheery stalks gently waving in the wind.
fuzzygalore triumph tiger

My eastern route through Riverhead takes me past a bison farm. I can’t resist stopping to look at the shaggy beasts.

They’re so laid back in the way they saunter across the grass, sleepy-eyed. I wish I could hop up on one and hug it, running my fingers through it’s tangley fur. I love you buffalooooo.

buffalo in riverhead

I love the look on this one’s face: Whaaaaaat?!
buffalo in riverhead

Whoever puts up the messaging on this church sign in Greenport always does a good job of speaking to me. Let’s move forward, shall we?

greenport church sign

3 Replies to “Scenes from a Long Island Motorcycle Ride”

  1. Is it a field of rapeseed? Thousands of acres of it are grown in the area where we live in the UK, and at this time of year it’s harvested for oil to use in cooking (and in bio-diesel I think). The pollen can be quite strong if you suffer from hayfever.

  2. That must be Ed Tuccio’s herd. He’s a prominent real estate broker out east. I once represented him in a lawsuit and won the case for him. Every year or so, the news media do stories on his bison herd. He and his wife also own restaurants in Riverhead at which you can order bison steaks and burgers.

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