What is it about boarding a ferry on your bike that makes you feel like you’re going somewhere even when that somewhere is less than a mile away?
On the eastern end of Long Island, to get from one fork to the other you can hop the ferry in either Greenport or Sag Harbor and use lovely Shelter Island as your cut through.
Of course while you’re there, it would be a shame to miss out on riding around the island’s quiet lanes.
I’ve heard it said that Shelter Island has a New England-y feel to it. It’s hard for me to tell because I have been there enough times for it to only feel like Shelter Island. I guess you’ll just have to go and decide for yourself.
Even though the ride on both boats is all of 5 minutes, you still get the sensation that you’re heading off on an adventure.
Perception is everything.
Not long ago, I realized that I had a handful of pictures of Long Island’s windmills. Following that post, on a lazy Sunday I decided to head over to Shelter Island to see if I could spot the Shelter Island Windmill. Built in 1810 by Nathaniel Dominy Jr., the mill was moved to Shelter Island on board a barge and placed on the Sylvester estate. Sylvester’s smock mill is on the National Register of Historic Places.
I find something very relaxing about being on Shelter Island. It is a small, quiet place and very peaceful. There are often so few people on the roadways that you have the opportunity to ride lazily along looking at things without worrying that you’re creating a parade behind you. There are several small parks, beaches and of course the Mashomack Preserve to enjoy.
Where Can I Find More Information?
In my travels I have found a few sights on Long Island that I would love to know more about. Lately it seems that I have reached dead ends when trying to get more information from the web. I have gone so far as emailing local libraries, towns, companies and chambers of commerce who never seem to reply to my email requests for more information.
There are 2 things spotted while on this Shelter Island excursion that I don’t know anything about but would like to: The house with the windmill on top and the brick smokestack-like structure on the north end of the Ice Pond. Any leads or tips would be greatly appreciated!
Spotted: A great pair of painted, non-working gas pumps outside of Olson Gallery on North Ferry Rd., Shelter Island.
On my way back to Greenport from Shelter Island, I spotted this kick-ass Fiat 500 parked at the North Ferry.
It looks like it would be a blast to drive. I can totally see myself heading along a winding road, pedal mashed to the floor with a Prada pump. An espresso in one hand, wild gesturing with the other while facing the passenger in the backseat. Ciao Italia!
On Sunday morning I rolled out of the driveway heading out to meet up with some of the gang from ADVrider for a street ride. This was the first time in many weeks that I took the Speed Triple out. I’d been riding the DRZ for the last few weeks.
I love my Speed Triple immensely and actually missed riding her quite a bit. I was looking forward to getting it out for a shakedown. The first thing that I noticed was how heavy the bike felt to roll around in the driveway. For the first time, the always nimble Triple felt a little porky. As I saddled up and got ready to head out, the seat felt so wide and comfortable! Helllllooo, old friend! It is really quite amazing how quickly your perception of the size and weight of a motorcycle can change.
After meeting up with the last of the guys at 10:30 and a few minutes of tire kicking, we set off. We were a motley crew: 1 Triumph, 1 Ducati, 1 Husqvarna, 2 Kawasakis, 1 KTM and 1 Harley Davidson. Quite a mixed bag of marques but they all played nice together as we snaked our way through sandy lanes. We weaved our way around the east end of Long Island and finally stopped for lunch at the fabulously olde tymey Cornonet Cafe in Greenport. Friends, food and motorcycles. Does it get any better?
We hopped the ferry to Shelter Island and took in some of the sights. As I cruised along I saw about 100 places I would like to stop and take photos of one day. The sculptor John Chamberlain had a studio on Shelter Island. I’d love to find out that he’s still creating work there. One more thing to add to the To-Do List: Go back to explore.
I really like riding with everyone I’ve met on ADV. There is a really cool, laid back vibe that I appreciate. Each person brings unique and interesting knowledge to the table. Love that. Looking forward to the next time…