Dead Horse Bay and Bottle Beach

Or...Gerritsen Beach
Or...Gerritsen Beach
Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 10:00
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Bring your sturdy bike, thick soled shoes, and a spirit of adventure.  We are heading to Dead Horse Bay, the home of the infamous Bottle Beach.  Dead Horse Bay’s name was coined in the  the mid-19th century when the area was was home to dozens of horse-rendering plants, which used the harbor as a dumping ground for horse bones.  Located on the southwest shore of what was then Barren Island, the isolated area was infamous for its lack of water and sewage lines, and for the odor perpetually wafting in from the nearby factories, which later included fish oil plants, waste refineries, and a city dump.  By the 1920s, most of the factories were gone, and the city had begun the process of connecting Barren Island to the mainland using sand, coal and garbage as landfill. Unfortunately, one of the landfill caps burst in the 1950s, and 100+-year-old garbage has been spewing into the harbor ever since.  This is bottle collector's heaven.  And for everyone else - just a weird place to visit.  Lunch will be at either Jordan's Lobster Dock or at Roll n Roaster.  Group Decision.

IF RAIN ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY - If there is too much rain before this ride, the off road portions become too sloppy.  In that case we will alter ride to wander around Gerritsen Beach and lunch at Jordan’s Lobster Dock  Will be a game day decision.  Either way, you will see an interesting part of NYC  

NOTE - After we leave the bike trail, we will be riding slowly on a mix of off road surfaces.  Leave your 6K Pinarello at home. Remember to bring adequate water and a lock.  If the weather is iffy - check the website and/or the 5BBC Facebook page.  Please register online
 

Mileage: 
25
Ride Type: 
Moderate
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