A moderate paced jaunt through Kings Park, Sunken Meadow and the abandoned ruins of the Kings Park Psychiatric Center (currently known as the Nissequoge River State Park). The Kings Park Psychiatric Center operated from 1885 to 1996. It is permanently closed so don't worry its not taking new patients and we will not leave any riders behind despite local lore of hauntings - there is also an abandoned paupers unmarked graveyard where many patients lie unknown but to the Almighty alone however that's an adventure in itself deep through the thick woods for another day. The ride will be approximately 35 miles along several north shore hilly roads that will take us from the top of the North Shore Bluffs down to the Long Island Sound's water edge. There are a variety of flats, rollers, steep elevations and long steady elevations to tickle and treat your legs as we make our way along tree canopied streets, back country roads, rivers edge and the Sunken Meadow Boardwalk in addition to many interesting points of interest from an era past..
The ride will begin at the Kings Park LIRR for both those traveling by train and car. There is plenty of parking at the Kings Park LIRR station for those traveling by car. Once the train has arrived we set out making our first stop just down Main Street to fuel and coffee up at the Kings Park Park Bakery. A family owned Italian American bakery that has been around forever - at least since the early 60's and my early years - that has been a pillar of Kings Park and has also become a favorite stop for local cyclist in the morning. Freshly made bagels, pastries, cookies and cakes will have your nose and eyes becoming bigger than they are (I love their cherry pies, just saying). After fueling up, this will not be a quick and short stop, we will get on our way and adventure. Bring water, snacks or a light lunch for the ride to hold you over till the rides end where we will look to find seats at Relish - the diner across the street from the Park Bakery. There are concessions on the boardwalk.