Long Island's North Shore Tour + ADD NEW ROUTE
12 in New York New York60 Miles
By Alan Chipetine
on July 1, 2009
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The route starts in Glen Cove, New York on Long Island. From the Whitestone or Throgs Neck Bridges, you travel south on the cross Island Parkway to the Long Island Expressway heading East. Take exit 39 to Glen Cove Road North and stay left until you enter the town of Glen Cove. The route ends in the town of Port Jefferson. You can return by reversing directions or taking Route 112 south back to the Long Island Expressway heading West. Refer to the online map above.
Notes: If you wanted to make this longer than a day trip, try heading east along 25A from Port Jefferson and go to the North or South Fork of Long Island. The North fork leads one to Orient Point and the Ferries to Connecticut or Block Island. The south fork leads you through the Hamptons to Montauk Point.
This tour begins at the end of Glen Cove Road (route 107) in Glen Cove on Long Island. As you meander through the affluent suburban neighborhoods of Lattingtown and Locust Valley, you will slalom through well paved twisties lined with beautiful homes and foliage. As you travel north on Bayville road, you ride along the waters edge of the Long Island Sound where you can stop and relax on a peaceful North Shore beach or eat in one of the many restaurants along Bayville Road. A stop at the Tiki Bar is a local bikers favorite destination. The restaurants along this stretch of road offer great local seafood and outdoor dining.
After crossing the drawbridge the road changes to West Shore Road in Oyster Bay. The road hugs the Long Island Sound where you can admire the beautiful boats moored in Oyster Bay Harbor or take a right along any side street and be treated to the sights of F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary setting. Once in the Town of Oyster Bay, you are in a great walking town where you can stroll while eating the local Pizza, eat a New York bagel, have some ice cream or try a slice of Long Islands famous Italian Pizza. Back on the bikes heading east, visiting Teddy Roosevelt's House at Sagamore Hill is a well worthwhile side trip. After several miles traveling south on Oyster Bay road, you turn east on Northern Boulevard, more commonly referred to as 25A. This stretch of road meanders through the towns of Cold Spring Harbor and Huntington. Huntington is known as Long Island's best village. Again, you can eat any type of ethnic food ranging from Sushi, to Indian, Chinese, American, Indian, Italian, or Greek. From the center of town, you travel north along West Neck Road, through the town of Lloyd Harbor to Caumset State Park. Once again you are riding along the Long Island Sound through areas reminiscent of The Great Gatsby. At the end of the road is Target Rock, a large Boulder perched at the entrance of Huntington Harbor which was once used for target practice by the British Navy. Target Rock has a lovely hike to the water and a small rest stop with bathrooms. Once back on 25A, travel east to the town of Centerport where a small shanty type structure called the Shack awaits the hungry biker. From Spring until Autumn, this is a major stomping ground for Long Island bikers. Most of the bikers, however, tend to be dentists, lawyers, doctors, and accountants out for a little motorcycle therapy and a cold drink.
The trip offers the rider an opportunity to take just about any side road and be treated to well paved two lane roads meandering through lovely estates. Travel north from anywhere off 25A and you will be surrounded by lovely homes with lavishly landscaped properties. Also, try visiting the towns of Northport or Stony Brook on your way to Port Jefferson. This nautical village is home of the Ferry to Connecticut and is another favorite biker destination. You can simply reverse the route to return or if you are in a hurry, take route 112 south from Port Jefferson to the Long Island Expressway West.
Although this trip doesn't provide many stretches of road where you can open her up, the beautifully paved roads offer miles of stretches without stop signs or red lights. This is a leisurely route that offers many opportunities to relish the sights and tastes of Long Island.
The amenities along this route are simply magnificent. Some of the finest dinning at any price range, plenty of places to gas up, shopping, antiquing, and marvelous parks, hiking trails, and historical monuments.
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