Long Island, in geological time, was born yesterday. Glaciers that created this 120-mile long, fish-shaped pile of rock and sand began retreating some 22,000 years ago. Sea levels rose in concert with the thaw, completely encircling the land mass 11,000 years later. Today, it's one of the most densely populated areas in America, home to more than 7.5 million people, and Suffolk County, in the easternmost section, is now the recreational playground of choice for many affluent New Yorkers.
Sagaponack Harbor, or Sag Harbor as it's known today, teemed with people and ships from exotic locations in the 1800s, with the volume of its shipping activity rivaling that of the port of New York. Because of its central location in Suffolk County, charming ambiance and 300 years of history, Karen and I make Sag Harbor our home base for touring "The Hamptons" and other points of interest. Early on a clear and cool summer morning, we launch our Long Island road adventure on the Kymco Xciting 500cc scooter.
Powerboats and sailboats dot the seascape of Sag Harbor and its bay, and while cruising down Main Street, I immediately notice the expensive automobiles parked on the street: Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche, Bentley… And when pulling onto the pier, we're treated to even grander displays of excess in the squadron of private yachts arrayed in the harbor. The Kymco scooter certainly won't be turning any heads in this well-heeled community, but we're quite happy with its park-anywhere versatility and motorcycle-like handling, not to mention its gas-sipping proclivity.