It’s that time of year when riding a motorcycle is a little less easy going. Though it was sunny today, the temperature never made it above 40 degrees. All in all, not too bad for December in New York. But, this is when I start looking for places to ride to. When the cold sets in just about any riding will do.
This afternoon when I announced to my family that I would be heading out for a quick ride to take a picture of a giant cauliflower, I got an “Ok, Ma, cool. See you later,” and an “Ok, have fun.” Nothing phases them, I guess. I’m going to have to start making things up just to see if they’re really paying attention.
On the day that I decided to drop my bike at the gas station I was heading out to take a picture of a giant sombrero that was previously an ADV tag-o-rama tag. To add insult to injury (hey, I did break a nail) the sombrero was a little bit of a letdown. I must confess I had pretty high hopes for it. Sadly, it was a little worse for wear.
It was like… ray-ee-ain on your wedding day. A free ride when you’ve already paid. Some good advice that you just didn’t take or maybe even like riding 50 miles out of your way to see a giant Mexican hat that sits on top of an out of business restaurant called the Mexican Hut that has nautical accoutrements like nets and buoys that seem decidedly un-Mexican Hut-like hanging on it only to throw your motorcycle down in front of 2 Russian gentlemen at a gas pump.
Long Island: Off the Beaten Path – Autumn at Peconic Lake
Long Island is home to over 3 million people squeezed into it ‘s 2 eastern most counties; Nassau and Suffolk. Though it is the largest and well longest island in the United States, space here is the ultimate commodity. When out riding around here I try to seek out those quiet or empty spaces that remind me of what it was like to live on the western side of the Hudson River.
On Monday I played hookey from work and took a ride around eastern Suffolk County for a few hours. My travels took me past Forge Pond which is now called Peconic Lake. It is the widest point of the Island’s kayak friendly Peconic River. With no one else around, it was a great place to stop and enjoy the sunny autumn weather. The last remaining leaves will soon be gone signaling the approaching winter. You’d better get out there and enjoy it!
Sights from the Road: Casa Basso in Westhampton, New York