Montauk, NY: In which we cycled to America’s 4th oldest lighthouse

Montauk is a small town that is situated at the very end of Long Island. We’d heard it was a cute little town with a nice ride out to a lighthouse, so seeing as we are new owners of mountain bikes (thanks Walmart!) we decided to go and explore!

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We caught the Long Island Rail Road from Southampton which took about 45 minutes to get to Montauk. First obstacle of the day: getting the ticket out of the slot in the machine into which someone had smushed a giant smelly shit. Ew. Thank goodness for hand sanitiser!

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Montauk was a really nice town – little cafes, arty shops, and a great beach. It used to be an artist’s hangout back in the day, and you do get that kind of vibe from the town. I imagine this place goes crazy in the summer!

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We decided to cycle 5 miles out to the lighthouse on the tip of Long Island. This lighthouse is the 4th oldest active lighthouse in the country, built in 1796 I think. It was going to cost $9 each to get in, so we just walked around the outside which was just as good as being inside the fence. It was a stunning day (the first day where we haven’t had to wear jumpers!) and there were lots of people out there, including a Mexican family who were cooking some mouthwatering smelling steak on a charcoal BBQ. Drool… And there were even some brave souls surfing! Brrr, still a bit cold for that!

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On the way back to the train station we even found a little brewery called Montauk Brewing Co. Shaun loves craft beer so we had a tasting, and the beer was great! We especially liked the Driftwood Pale Ale, which we found at the local supermarket back in Southampton upon our return. Woo! It was a lovely end to a great day.

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P+S xx

 

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