Such a beautiful weekend in every way: Not only was the weather perfect for riding both Saturday and Sunday, but we were truly able to enjoy it to the fullest surrounded by amazing people.
Without any plans in place, we enjoyed a desolate beach day on Saturday. There was a calm breeze, a clear sky and only a few other groups of people scattered about. We received a text from one of our friends that he was riding around roads in our neighborhood, so at the spur-of-the-moment, we left the beach and went home to get our bikes. (Also, much to my fair-skinned boyfriend's delight as we had been "laying out" for a few hours) To our surprise, Danielle, who has been sick for most of the month, was able to come join us as well!
Since it was her first day back on the bike, we took a leisurely ride on the North Fork. The vineyards were beautifully aglow with the setting sun. The air was warm. The traffic was minimal. And the smell of freshly harvested farms blew through our helmets. We stopped in Southold to enjoy the sunset over the Sound. It was a picturesque North Fork evening. Next stop: dinner. We took our friends to our favorite place in Greenport for pizza and mezcal. I think it's fair to say they loved it almost as much as we do. We scored rockstar parking right out front as well as a table in the window; despite the fact it was Maritime festival so parking and getting a table front-and-center at your favorite restaurant is pretty much unheard of. Thankfully we had a front row seat to an entitled group of millennials who decided to get comfy on my motorcycle - LEANING ON MY CUSTOM SEAT HANDCRAFTED BY BAAK IN FRANCE - ummmmm nope!!!! They got an aggressive knock on the window and a shout to "Get off". Then, how could we NOT wrap-up our ride by stopping at Magic Fountain?!?!!? So thankful to have our girl, Danielle, back in the saddle and enjoying a full evening of great company, lots of laughs and of course, delicious, seasonal food (hello corn and jalapeno pizza!).
We rushed out of the house early on the motorcycles to head to church. Little did we know, what an exciting day we had in store. The sermon at church to celebrate their 16th birthday was BEYOND motivating. It reminded me of all the reasons I started attending North Shore Christian Church and why I always rave to my friends about the church community. Rather than get too into it, I'd rather everyone just click the link below, and check it out for themselves. As Philip said to Nathaniel in John 1:46 "Come and see" as often people need to experience the love of God for themselves and come to God through their own way with their own story (more at the link below)! I'd love for anyone interested to join us some weekend.
Following church, we had an hour before the church picnic, so we rode some twistys on the infamous Mill Road. We made it back to Indian Island for the church celebration, and of course brought along some NOFO Moto coffee for the occasion. We won over a few more people who loved the coffee including our Pastor Jerry! With full bellies, we took a nice walk through the park to the water where we met everyone for a baptism. It was such a joyous occasion to see four people proclaim God as their savior and dedicate their life to Him.
Upon a call from one of my favorite people for help with their dead motorcycle, we quickly left the beach and headed toward Hampton Bays to help him. Ironically, some of our friends happened to be enjoying lunch at Canal Cafe. They rode over to meet us, so we had a group of seven there to help service the bike! Considering it was a Harley having electrical issues, there wasn't much we could do. Just as we were getting ready to "dip out" (as quoted by one of the youngsters at church) on a South Fork ride, Roy pulled into the driveway - another friend we haven't ridden with in weeks! It was such a great surprise to see him, and have him part of our pack again.
I took the group on some of my favorite roads that I grew-up riding - Middle Line, Deerfield, Majors Path, Edge of Woods, etc. They enjoyed the twistys and whoops and were delighted when the roads led us right to the South Ferry that brought us to Shelter Island. We rode Shelter Island and took the North Ferry to Greenport. After a less-than-stellar experience at Green Hill BBQ, off we went to our favorite place for dessert - Magic Fountain. Again!
Although it was a chilly ride home (since we geared-up only for a morning ride to church), the day couldn't have been more enjoyable. So thankful and blessed for all the wonderful people in our lives, and the beautiful place we call home.