What to do if you only have one two day weekend this summer that is not spoken for and you want to make it count? What if you are totally sick of flying, driving, buses, the New Haven train station, Penn station, etc? It is time for a bicycle camping adventure. Reserve your camp spot online and pack your panniers.
Last month my route took me through LIC, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, Flatbush, down to Sheepshead Bay. The water front path along the Belt Parkway was partially blocked with sand from the superstorm, so there was some pushing of the bike. New York City is developing new bike routes every week it seems so get the latest map when you plan your route. Since I was going for only one night, I needed to pack just my swimming gear, tent, sleeping bag and pad. Less than two hours and I was transported to an entirely new place- the Gateway national park within the boundaries of NYC.
The park provides a fire ring and wood to burn in it- thank goodness, Alli brought matches. She took charge of dinner as well, tofu dogs and marshmallows, charred on sticks. Breakfast was granola bars and peanut butter crackers. We obediently brought no alcohol, but observed slightly enviously our camping neighbors enjoying beverages. The real gap was coffee in the morning, and I am hard at work on my first supercat catfood can stove so I can have a lightweight method for obtaining my beloved beverage. I’ll post pictures.
I slept very very well, sun tanned, salty from the sea, smoky from the fire, and pleasantly exhausted from the long ride. The tent’s first adventure, it proved easy to set up, comfortable and well designed. Here are a few more photos. Next time I will take a lot more.