Bear Mountain, NY Ride


Start over the RFK (Tri-boro) Bridge (toll) bearing right toward Manhattan, to Harlem River Dr. to GW Bridge upper roadway, rt on Palisades, over to 9W when you leave Jersey and are back into NY. Follow 9W to turn for Bear Mountain State Park (a little past Tompkins Cove). Nice winding road to lookout tower at top of mountain. Back down left on 9W to Bear Mountain Bridge (you’re now on 6), right after bridge. After some twisties you get to a traffic circle; take 9 south. Whenever 9 and 9A diverge, stay to the left to avoid town traffic. 9A leads to the Taconic and after a short bit on that you get on the Bronx Pkwy (same as Bronx River Pkwy), a slower but nicer ride to the Bruckner and the RFK over to Queens. I think the whole ride is about 125 mi. Helps to have EZ pass. Enjoy!

Long Island Ride: Orient, NY

This was actually the maiden voyage for me on my new ’05 Dyna Wide Glide, formerly my dad’s. My dad and I did this ride a while back on mother’s day (she was at yoga and wanted some alone time, so we were allowed) upon the recommendation of a guy at the dealership when we were finalizing the paperwork formalities.

It’s quite a nice ride once you actually get out onto the island. That’s the hard part as it can be a little tedious to get away from the lights, as it always is when you live in a city and you’re trying to get out to the nice roads. The route itself is very easy as you’re only following 2 roads for the most of it. First get on to Rt. 25 going East. You can actually follow this all the way out to Orient Pt. but it was a nice detour to fork left and follow 25A which took us to Port Jefferson, a little fishing town on the island. My dad and I ended up stopping for lunch here and turning back (yoga was almost over), but the road is supposed to only get better. Eventually 25A curves back inland  and joining back up with Rt. 25 again which takes you all the way out to the tip.

So, if you manage to get away with having a free day to enjoy the summer weather, make sure to get out there because there’s a great ride right in your back yard!