Sunday, March 9, 2014
FLAT ROCK NATURE PRESERVE
9:30 AM, City Hall, 30 miles, moderate pace
AAH Naturale in Joisey! This privately owned nature preserve lets us bike to their Nature Center but, only hike their trails. Lunch at a pond teaming with life in the beautiful outdoors. It's Spring. Clear the winter cobwebs and come for a ride. Clothing is not optional.
JACKSON DINER - A WINTER'S RIDE TO WARM YOU UP
9:30 AM, Grand Army Plaza, Entrance to Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 30 miles at a moderate pace
Warm up and end the winter doldrums with a ride that will add spice to your life. From Grand Army Plaza we ride to the famous Jackson Diner in Jackson Heights to take advantage of their all-you-can-eat Indian buffet for $10.95 (regular lunch menu also available) + tax and tip. On the way out we will divert slightly for a loop through historic Stuyvesant Heights. Bring lock and money for lunch. In case of iffy weather check Bulletin Board or follow billm45s on Twitter.
GROTTA AZZURA PIZZA RIDE [CANCELED]
10:00 am, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, 20 miles, flat 12-15 mph pace
A short flat ride down to Coney Island and back. Stopping at the highly rated Grotta Azzurra Pizzeria for lunch. Bring a lock, $$ for lunch, a spare tube, cold weather gear and a metro card just in case. A forecast of snow or rain or temps below 25 degrees cancels.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
SPRING TRAINING: SANDS POINT
10:00 AM, Cunningham Park, Union Turnpike & 196 Pl, Queens, 40 miles
One of the nicest spots to visit on the North Shore of Nassau County. The series rides get harder next week, so start training now! Bring a lightweight bike lock and money for lunch.
QUEENS WAY RIDE
9:30 AM, Union Square North @ Park Ave, Manhattan; 10:00 AM Queensboro Plaza; 11:00AM @ Shalimar Diner, Austin St & 63 Dr, Queens. ALL RIDERS DEPART SHALIMAR AT 11:15 AM. 25 leisurely miles if starting in Manhattan.
Join Friends of The QueensWay and 5BBC in a ride from Rego Park to Ozone Park to explore the future route of the QueensWay, the proposed bikeway, linear park, and rail trail atop the abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch railroad. We will make several stops, and brief hikes onto the rail line before officially ending outside the Aqueduct Race Track and Casino. Riders wishing to take the A train back to Manhattan can continue to Aqueduct Station. Peter Beadle of Friends of The Queens Way will accompany us.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
SPRING TRAINING: WEST ENGLEWOOD
9:30 AM, Columbus Circle, 40 miles
The Spring Training Series takes us over to New Jersey again, but a little farther than last week.
KILLMEYERS - WINTER EDITION
9:30 AM, South Ferry, 34 miles, moderate pace
Far off the beaten path. Along the North Shore of Staten Island is the remote outpost of Kreischerville. There, we visit one of the best German bar/restaurants in the City - Killmeyers. This bike friendly establishment features cheap delicious food, amazing beer choices, and old time atmosphere that is hard to come by in New York. So, kick up your heels dancing to some Oom Pah Music. Have a great bowl of goulash. And ride with us to the Forgotten Borough. BRING: Lock, spare tube, lunch money, and a spirit of adventure. Please check the Facebook page for any weather related cancelations. - But Spring is just around the corner. We will be on the 9:30 ferry - so be at the Whitehall Ferry Terminal in lower Manhattan and 9:15 to allow some time for the doggies to sniff your bike.