The thread title says it all - I'm building a route from the Battle Row Campground in Old Bethpage in Nassau County to NY Penn Station. This is the final day of a planned tour from Boston to New York City, and I'll take the train home from Penn Station. (Thanks again for the great advice in this thread for an earlier day of riding.)
The route that Google maps gives me is around 36 miles but looks somewhat dull. At the cost of an extra 6 or 67 miles, I can ride through Gateway National Recreation area. I may be pretty wiped by this point, so I'd like to keep the route as flat and easy as I can, but not at the cost of it becoming boring.
I'd prefer to avoid as much stop-and-go city riding as I can. If all goes according to plan, I'll be riding this on Saturday May 29th. I have the Long Island bike map, so I can wing it if need be, but I'd appreciate thoughts form anyone who rides in this area. What roads are the most interesting?
Topographically, Long Island looks to be pretty flat, so I may be best off riding down the center of the island to stay away from shore crosswinds, is this correct? Are the shore areas more interesting? Are there areas I want to stay away from entirely?