Beyond thankful to have been able to ride so many miles this weekend! While it seems like most of the world has fallen into COVID despair, we have been fortunate to get out, enjoy the beautiful weather, and share lots of smiles (all while social distancing).
When you know it's going to be a beautiful Saturday, and have zero commitments, you plan a nice long ride - I figured it was finally time to give my Indiana guy a full tour of Long Island. Since we spend so much time riding east, I decided it was time to head west. Using what seems to be a great motorcycle app - Scenic - I put together a 200 mile ride with lots of twists and turns, and gorgeous water views. Has anyone used that app? If not, what navigation app do you use?
Anyway, our Saturday ride took us through all the beautiful scenic towns in western Long Island - Oyster Bay, Brookville, Stony Brook, Jones Beach, Bayshore, and yes, even a few other towns in between all those beautiful destinations. The weather was PERFECT, although due to COVID-cabin-fever, and the first day above 60F, EVERYONE was out and the roads were pretty crowded. We were still able to enjoy an almost 200 mile ride for 8 hours - making pit stops at all the critical destinations for food and gas (and photo opps). We even managed to catch the sunset over Long Island Sound at Reeves Beach over looking the Roanoke Barges (an awesome shipwreck). Sidenote: Clay was impressed at how many drivers were respectful enough to pull over and let us enjoy some high speed twistys (I didn't tell him they were probably just pulling over because of tail-gating - HA) Guess they don't do that in Indiana.
Then on Sunday, after some much needed yard work, we headed out again - this time for some South Fork twistys through the Hamptons. Again, the roads were pretty crowded (all Subaru drivers are turtles). Good thing that my hometown knowledge of the back roads proved useful and fun navigating us to Jack's Coffeeshop in Amagansett. After some refueling, we hit the trail back to the North Fork. I think some of those South Fork roads are my man's favorite - when you have a Ducati 959 the curvier, the better!
Some weekend essentials that made these rides even better - our Cardo Packtalk helmet communication devices, the Scenic Motorcycle app, my sun visor in my Scorpion helmet, my Black Arrow motorcycle jacket (that I fall in love with again every time I wear it), all the North Fork Moto layers, and Clay's essential Ray-Ban Wayfairs.
Tell me about your favorite navigation apps, gear, and day-trip essentials!