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Old 01-23-19, 12:23 PM
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Ride Long Island End-2-End

As seen on News Channel 12. Sounds a little optimistic.

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I grew up in Freeport on Long Island. When I was about 12 years old, two friends and I noticed that Montauk Point was 100 miles away and thought it would be cool to bike there. I don't think the term "century" had been invented yet... (1969)

For some reason, our parents said yes and we tied sleeping bags on our Schwinn/Raleigh 5 speeds/3 speeds and met on Sunrise Highway and started biking east - no water bottles, no supplies, no maps. About 25 miles in it started to rain, so we went into a covered produce stand and started eating fruit until the owner caught us and threw us out.

About 50 miles in our pre-teen enthusiasm was overcome by sore behinds, so when we saw a go-kart track on the side of the road, we stopped and spent all our money on that. When we finally dragged ourselves into the Hither Hills campground about 7pm, where we were to stay in the RV where a friends family was staying and we could eat/sleep, we didn't know what site they were at and the guy at the gate wouldn't let us in without that. Cellphones also didn't exist, so we turned around and found a beach entrance where we rolled out our sleeping bags - and within minutes a policeman appeared and said if you try to sleep on the beach, you will end up sleeping in jail.

We got back on the bikes and headed further east until we ran out of road. We had some change left over and bought whatever we could at a 7-11 (probably Twinkies) and then ended up sleeping someone's yard, and the next morning kind of repeated the sorry adventure to get back home!
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Originally Posted by jpescatore
I grew up in Freeport on Long Island. When I was about 12 years old, two friends and I noticed that Montauk Point was 100 miles away and thought it would be cool to bike there. I don't think the term "century" had been invented yet... (1969)

For some reason, our parents said yes and we tied sleeping bags on our Schwinn/Raleigh 5 speeds/3 speeds and met on Sunrise Highway and started biking east - no water bottles, no supplies, no maps. About 25 miles in it started to rain, so we went into a covered produce stand and started eating fruit until the owner caught us and threw us out.

About 50 miles in our pre-teen enthusiasm was overcome by sore behinds, so when we saw a go-kart track on the side of the road, we stopped and spent all our money on that. When we finally dragged ourselves into the Hither Hills campground about 7pm, where we were to stay in the RV where a friends family was staying and we could eat/sleep, we didn't know what site they were at and the guy at the gate wouldn't let us in without that. Cellphones also didn't exist, so we turned around and found a beach entrance where we rolled out our sleeping bags - and within minutes a policeman appeared and said if you try to sleep on the beach, you will end up sleeping in jail.

We got back on the bikes and headed further east until we ran out of road. We had some change left over and bought whatever we could at a 7-11 (probably Twinkies) and then ended up sleeping someone's yard, and the next morning kind of repeated the sorry adventure to get back home!
Lived and grew up in Merrick. We never tried the Montauk trip, but regularly took what we called "bike hikes" to the north shore. Great adventures to us, we were probably 11 or 12. Left for college in the early sixties, returned briefly to report/get inducted at Ft. Hamilton, otherwise, never went back.
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