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Greenpoint to the Rockaways
This ride is not for the weak or weary! It's for a weekend day, a beautiful weekend day, when you want to feel like you've accomplished something and are getting the most out of this thing we call life. So where to begin? You begin with brunch, of course. Load up on pizza frita al uovo at Adelina's (159 Greenpoint Ave) before hitting the streets on your bike. Now, you'e going to ride. This trip will take you through Williamsburg via Kent Ave and then, eventually, up Vanderbilt Ave in Prospect Heights. This is where your legs will start screaming and you'll understand why it's called Prospect "Heights" and you'll curse the glacier that passed through this area so many thousands and thousands of years ago. So, by the time you reach The Islands (803 Washington Ave) you'll probably want to pause and get some of the housemade lemonade to quench your thirst. Do that, because you're not even halfway to the beach. However, you are in luck because the rest of your ride slopes downhill, so these next ten miles (ten!) will be a breeze. You'' get there eventually, though, and then you'll be in the Rockaways and able to marvel in the fact that just a few short months ago, this area was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Sure, Fort Tilden isn't open yet, and there's tons of work left to be done, but progress has been made. And you made it all the way out here on your own steam. Collapse in the sand. Smell the ocean air. Enjoy.
This ride is approximately 16 miles. Difficulty level: 4/5, in other words, prepare for your hamstrings to be singing for, like, days.