The relay

Trip Start Jul 01, 2013
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Trip End Sep 07, 2013


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Friday, September 6, 2013

We woke up to Deb and her son coming home from camping. We all puttered around for a bit, Jack showed off his minesweeper, Legos, and bow and arrow. Deb took us on a short tour of Orient including a nice cove nearby and a slave's burying ground from the 1830's. The slaves only had rocks to mark their bodies while the owners had tombstones. They specially requested to be buried with their slaves, probably so they could watch over them for all eternity.

Deb's house was built in 1720, one of the oldest on the island. So old, in fact, that the house is made of white oak which initially covered the whole island until it was completely deforested. All newer homes have been built with red oak. Some of the support beams for the second floor have a specific number of notches indicating to which place they belong. Very cool.

We left the house and headed to the skatepark at which point we met John who was there with his kids. We got to talking and John mentioned his friend opened a brewery down the island. He called his friend Dan and told him we were coming. We left the skatepark, I on the motorcycle and Daniel on the bike. I rode around the island for a little bit sightseeing; it was nice to get on a motor again.

The brewery was in a polish community in Riverhead so naturally we had a polish lunch which was quite good. Afterwards we headed to the brewery where Dan welcomed us and bought us a few beers while we told our stories to the bar. They were very nice people and sent us on our way with some free shirts!

The destination for the evening was another 20 miles down the road near a restaurant we were recommended to. Bacon cheeseburgers for $1.75! Afterwards we walked into a little Latin community and had some beers watching a soccer game, felt good to speak Spanish again. We camped nearby, close enough for a good approach to Brooklyn tomorrow, day 69, the final approach.

Orient NY > Port Jefferson NY, 46 miles, day 68
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