To a Castle I Will Take You

A little Led Zep lyric to title the page. Speaking of which, Robert Plant just turned down 500 million dollars to do a reunion tour with the boys. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

Before I head off to the castle, I’ll toss in a bit of Halloween. For Halloween I was Johnny from The Wild One who rode this Triumph Tiger shown below.


Heeeeeeeeeeeeere’s Johnny…..and Bang Bang Bunny Fang.


Veteran’s Day was this Tuesday and the weather was fine. Temperatures held in the 60’s for most of the day, so I hopped on Bonnie and headed to a Gadsby era estate on the North Shore of Long Island.

I was miffed when I was told no motorcycles could pass the entrance gate. Keep that in mind if you ride out there. However, it cost $10 for a car to enter. If you park the bike at the gate and walk in it’s only 2 bucks. And to be honest, it’s a short walk to get where you would have been with a car anyway. So, good! But not so good. It turns out that the buildings on the estate are closed on Tuesday. Double whammy! I thought about turning around and splitting, but the leaves are cool colors this time of year and I didn’t know what else to do out here in Long Island so I checked the place out.


This park is called the Sands Point Preserve. It’s on the north shore of Long Island a few miles past the Queens border. A short walk from the gate takes you to Castle Gould. The castle construction began in 1902. It was built to look like Ireland’s Kilkenny Castle and was completed in 1904.


Mrs. Gould decided that the castle wasn’t suited for a home so they turned the castle into a stable and servant’s quarters.


The Gould family had plenty of money as railroad tycoon’s so they built this Tudor-style mansion called Hempstead House a bit closer to the Long Island Sound to accommodate Mrs. Gould’s tastes.


Here is the view from the garden overlooking the sound.


The back of the Gould home. In 1917 it became the home of Daniel and Florence Guggenheim. They lived there until Daniel’s death in 1930. Ten years later, the manor house reopened to house 75 British refugee children who resided here during WWII while foster homes were organized for them.



The estate became a Nassau County Park in 1967 and 128 acres became the property of the County.  When Harry Guggenheim passed away, he bequeathed his 80 acres to the County as well.


It’s a beautiful landscape that I would like to revisit any other day of the week when the buildings are open for viewing.


I’ll  wrap up this post with a few beauties I’ve seen around town beginning with this bobbed out Bonnie down in SOHO.


This vintage machine was in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


Kiehl’s cosmetics houses a number of classic bikes. Always worth a look. Let’s hope for a mild winter. Stay warm and ride safe!





2 Responses to “To a Castle I Will Take You”

  1. It was a beautiful day for riding. Glad to see Bonnie is still serving you well.

    Ran Blue Ridge and Skyline a few weeks ago, fall colors were peak. Great ride. Keep em coming!

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