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From the Charles River to the East River
By Neil Fein - (contact)

Breathe in the Air: Stony Brook - New York City

Saturday May 29, 2010, 73 miles (118 km) - Total so far: 332 miles (534 km)

I spend the first couple of hours on bike routes 25 and later 25A. Long Island is pretty, the roads are mostly shaded, and I'm having a good time.

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I'm packed and about to leave the hotel

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This seems to be a theme on this trip -- trees placed between the road and the water, as if you're being protected from the amazing view.

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Bike Route 25 in Long Island

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I arrive at Cold Spring Harbor at 1pm. After lunch, I get on highway 25 (not for bikes). The first hills are pretty nasty.

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Hildy parked at the Cold Spring Harbor library

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Muttontown, New York

I pull over into a strip mall to stop at an ATM, and a guy, having overhard my talking to someone about camping, says "here's a guy who looks like he might have one. By any chance, do you have band-aid?" I fish out my first-aid kit and find one while a little girl is holding up her finger with a teeny, tiny dot of blood on it, crying "It hurts! It hurts!"

Shortly after that, I see the bridge over Hempstead Harbor:

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25A across Hempstead Harbor. I booked across the bridge as quickly as I could, then walked the bike up the hill (walking in the grass). I then got the hell off 25A as quickly as I could.

Cars honk at me the entire way across, but the car in front actually seems to be holding the rest of them back; the driver leaves a good thirty feet of space for me. After the crossing, I wave and pull off the road as quickly as I can and let myself breathe at the side of the road.

Searingtown Road leads me to the Long Island Expressway service road. It's actually a good road to ride on, and I'm able to cover some miles. I may make it into Manhattan!

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Long Island Expressway service road. Not much of a shoulder, but traffic was very light.

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I'm following a route given to me by someone online at this point. It's a great route, and uses a lot of bike paths, but I lose the route near Citi Field.

Fortunately, I have the NYC bike map with me, and I'm able to find roads with bike lanes to get to the Queensboro Bridge.

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These signs are all over Queens on bike-friendly streets. Cool!

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My first sighting of the New York City skyline, on Skillman in Queens, a few miles from the Queensboro Bridge

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Queensboro Bridge bike/pedestrian path. It's a long, mild uphill for half its length.

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The East River, seen from the Queensboro Bridge. Queens is on the right, Manhattan on the left.

It's starting to feel like there'll be rain soon. The Queensboro bridge dumps me in Manhattan shortly after 8pm, and the rain starts within half an hour, when I'm spiraling into Penn Station and the train home. I made it!

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Stony Brook to New York City. (The mile or so getting home from the train station isn't here.) This map is auto-created from my GPS.


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