Okay - at long last - here are the details:
We will depart New London on the 9:00am ferry. Ferry to Orient Point (sorry - we checked - there aren't discounts available unless you sign in blood and promise your first-born,..). Reservations recommended, just in case, so here is the link: https://www.longislandferry.com/default.aspx
Cost is $26.26 for passage R/T and $8 for the bike - R/T
We will bike from Orient Point to Greenport, enjoying the scenes (and smells) along the way. Route: Orient Point to Greenport: 8.7 miles. Then, we will bike to the North Shore Ferry ($5 round trip: link: http://www.northferry.com/ - **CASH only!** )
to Shelter Island: 2.8 miles. Once on Shelter Island, there are a lot of great restaurants and we will find one to go for yummies and maybe a drink and refill of water bottles. There is a simple loop (the whole island is only about 5 miles) - but it is quite scenic (with a large nature preserve) and we can stop for some pics as needed. Here is a link to scenic bike rides: http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=BGN018-026
Shelter Island ferry return to Greenport (perhaps some down/optional) time. We MUST re-visit the lavender farm en-route and might chance upon a vineyard, too. Then, back on the ferry at Orient Point (8.7 miles) to return to New London on the 6:00pm ferry.
Any that choose to can join for an apres-outing at a grill in New London (to be discussed on the ferry home,..)
Helmets are required for this trip. Bring sunscreen and fluids and some cash (for Shelter Island ferry and any desired munchies/fluids on the ferries,..). Wear appropriate/wicking clothing and bring a topper for wind/weather on the ferry - it gets chilly.
If you need to rent a bike for yourself or someone else, I found a very nice vendor on our last (smaller) iteration of this trip:
http://greenportbikerental.com/ If his website is uncooperative, CALL the number. He delivers to the Orient Point Launch site and his was a nice bike, nicely equipped. We lucked out last time,..
Trip was a blast last time - should be even better this time!
NEW NOTE: There are plenty of loops on this route to satisfy all level of riders. Erin has suggested riding all the way to Sag Harbor. It is an option for some/all of us that can be decided by how we feel once on the road. Mileage and time can be determined at that time as well as meeting points and cell #'s if the group splits up. Everybody's comfort level will be considered and we will return together.
Co-hosted with Carolyn.
Rain date September 8.
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