Explorer | 20 pts
This trail was the last part of a 43 mile ride from Manhattan to Amity Harbor. I entered the Trail off of Center Avenue in Bethpage. Mind the traffic as you will be sharing the on-ramp with vehicles who are entering and exiting the Bethpage State Parkway in order to access the trail from this point. The trail crosses several other ramps and roads which are all clearly marked. Cars in the area yield to cyclists (surprising on Long Island!) at these crossings but caution should be used and signs observed. The trail is beatiful as it meanders under a thick green canopy for most of the way offering some much needed protection from the summer sun. There are numerous lakes and creeks which offer nice places to stop and sit. I, however, had the hammer down (for me, that only means 15-20 mph) and was trying to make good time. The trail was somewhat crowded in the early afternoon but was easily navigated even at hi speeds as I passed roller bladers, runners, walkers and other cyclists although you must be careful when passing around some of the tighter bends. There is some confusion at the Sunrise Highway crossing. You can follow those in front of you but for the most part, just cross at the light and head West for a couple hundred yards in order to pick up the trail on the South side of the Highway. Of my 43 mile ride, the 8 or so miles of the Mass. Preserve Bike Path were the most enjoyable!