The Guns of August
August 1, 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. The United States didn't send troops until late in the war. During the last year of the war, many men and women from Brooklyn and Queens answered their country's call. Their communities commemorated their service, especially that of those who made the supreme sacrifice, through monuments in streets and parks. We'll see monuments in eastern Brooklyn, western Queens, the Rockaways, and the area in and around Prospect Park. We'll also visit a World War I installation of the Army's Coastal Artillery Corps at Fort Tilden in the Rockaways.
Approximately 1/2 mile in the Fort Tilden area will be on a hard dirt surface with fine gravel. Gary has ridden this portion on a road bike, but each rider should use his or her own discretion in selecting a bicycle for the ride. The remainder of the ride is on ordinary paved streets. Time will be provided for those who are using road bikes, but wish to walk on this stretch of the ride.
Bring tube, tools and pump for your bike, and plenty of water, snacks and sunscreen for you. Check the forecast -- a light jacket or arm warmers would be helpful for the Rockaways portion of the ride. Bring lunch, or pick it up at a sandwich shop in Broad Channel, Queens. A lock for your bike is optional.