A Perfect Day: The Cyclist, West
The companion to our A Perfect Day: The Cyclist, East itinerary. For this one, hang a right instead of a left when you leave the Bike Shop and consider all or part of this loop. You can see it mapped out here: http://bit.ly/28L1oiO
Whether you’re headed east or west, the Bake Shoppe is still the place to start your day – egg sandwiches, muffins, wraps, pastries and, oh yes, coffee. Enjoy at a picnic table outside.
Best to show up right as they open the doors at 9AM to rent one of the fast, light Giant road bikes and any other gear you need. Chris or Lenny can help adjust your bike/answer any questions.
If you climb Montauk Hwy (bear right when Main St. splits) out of town, you’ll hit the overlook that looks out over the “promised land” just before heading down to the Napeague Stretch, which is what the locals call the long, flat (and windy) road that takes you to Amagansett.
Hither Hills West Overlook
(3.7 mile mark, several long steep hills)
Fly by the Clam Bar and LUNCH, then turn right onto Napeague Meadow Road and another quick right into the first driveway for the Art Barge. Founded by Victor D’Amico, a former MOMA director, its airy studios are in a stunning waterfront spot and get pretty crowded during weekend workshops.
Hang a right out of the Art Barge back onto Napeague Meadow Road, then left onto Lazy Point Rd./Cranberry Hole. The Fish Farm will eventually be on your right. Can’t miss this outpost of rusty buildings, perhaps the quirkiest spot to grab a bite on the East End and totally worth exploring.
Fish Farm a.k.a. Multi Aquaculture Systems
429 Cranberry Hole Road (631) 267-3341 (8.3 mile mark, flat, windy)
If you feel like going the extra mile(s), keep going west on Cranberry Hole; it’ll take you back down to Rt. 27, into Amagansett, where you can explore Main Street. Then make a u-ey to head back east.
Main Street, Amagansett
(12.2 mile mark, flat, windy)
Now it’s time for chowder, corn and a beer on the Napeague Stretch! Hit up the Clam bar and enjoy. Just keep in mind, whether you stick on Montauk Hwy or take the Old Montauk Highway (no shoulders), you do have some serious hills to conquer on your way back into town (i.e., don’t drink too many beers).
Back to the Bike Shop.If it’s closed, just lock your bike to rack outside the shop.
Photography by Randy Harris