When I first started riding I would usually go to the same places. At first it was because I was getting to know the route and no longer needed a map. After a while it was just convenient as well as very pretty. The hills were a nice challenge. I spent a lot of time in the Kings Point/Sands Point area.
At that time I wasn’t bringing my bike to work with me. My place in Fresh Meadows wasn’t far from Kings Point. Whenever I got out of work early enough I would go there starting from home. I would almost always stop at the beautiful pond for a bar break before moving on.
When I finally did get a Garmin I made routes that started from either work or home that would go there. Whenever I had to work on a Sunday I left from the office and went into Kings Point and Sands Point for a nice 30 or so mile ride. I would also go other places when I had more time to burn.
One day, on a holiday, I left my place and went on a 55 mile ride through Kings Point, Sands Point, and Bayside. It was one of the first long rides that I had a Garmin to guide me on. I had so much fun that day. I stopped at the pond to take the scenic pic before heading into Sands Point. On my way back into Queens I stopped at the one place that I could bring my bike inside to use the bathroom, the car dealership. While I was there I played some volleyball with the guys. After that I went on the 2.4 mile greenway by the water in Queens. I used to ride that greenway all the time on my hybrid bike but I was seldomly there on my road bike. The pavement there really wasn’t great and was much better on a hybrid. It was a fun morning. I was back at my place around lunchtime.
Another time I went into Kings Point from home on a Sunday that I didn’t have to work. I wound up bumping into the guys from my club that rode faster than I did. I decided to challenge myself by doing the rest of the ride with them. My mentor was on that ride and agreed to give me a ride back into Queens. I started riding with that group shortly after that.
Nowadays I rarely go into Kings Point and Sands Point. It’s not ideal to go there after work due to the traffic. Being that I’m rarely there, every time I go is special. I go on the group rides and every leader has a route that includes roads I’ve never been on. I think every cyclist has an area that’s special to them and that’s mine. That’s where I got my start exploring new places. I’ve had many fun explorations since then but I will always remember and treasure my first.