I'm hatching a plan to ride my bike to a retreat at Little Portion Friary in Mt. Sinai, new Port Jefferson, NY. I have no (recent) experience with riding in LI, so I though I'd ask if that seems like a sensible thing to do. This is the route I've come up with so far, which I think avoids most of the scarier roads:
To Little Portion - NYC, NY
Does that seem reasonable? Should I believe the little dotted green lines indicating "bike friendly" roads (click on Bike Paths on the upper right; it's the same map as Google Maps bike maps)?
I'm a relative noob, but I've done plenty of long rides in and around NYC, and a bit in Westchester (on my trusty little Brompton). I'm comfortable with city traffic, but I have much less experience with the suburbs, fast moving arterials, etc. I also gather from other posts here that LI and its drivers are not the bike-friendliest. I just want to make sure that the ride and the route aren't unduly unsafe or unpleasant. It also makes me little nervous not having an easy way to bail out if I get into trouble; in the city, there usually a train to hop or whatever if I get into a pickle (I can change a flat and have basic tools).
As an aside, I grew up on in Setauket, and rode my bike all around that area as a kid, often enough to Port Jeff for lack of anything better to do. I might take spin through the old neighborhood as a some kind of nostalgia trip. I've hardly been back since, and certainly not on a bicycle.
Thanks for any input.