Bike and Kayak Tour – Day 5: Sal departed from the Odell House and, after riding up Westchester’s South and North County Trailways, arrived in Yorktown Heights for a noon ceremony at the Pines Bridge Memorial, honoring the victims of a nearby massacre May 14, 1781.
Next stop was the First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown, where a ceremony was held at the final resting place of the massacre victims. Sal then rode off to Verplanck, where Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi honored participants with a proclamation, followed by a musket salute.
Sal then got into his kayak and, accompanied by the Verplanck Fire District’s marine unit, paddled four miles across the Hudson River at the King’s Ferry, where the allies crossed in 1781 to Stony Point. Sal landed in West Haverstraw.
Janet Lee Burnet, chair of W3R-NY, welcomed participants to a reception at the Hudson Water Club.
Veteran county Legislator Harriet Cornell presented a proclamation from the Rockland County Legislature.
The reception included a rendition of a period tune, “Ye by Sons of Mars, Attend,” by Eliza and Erik Lichack.
We are at my house tonight before heading for Morristown, NJ.