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I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream. There is no season for this tasty treat, and Shira will bring you to the ends of the earth, or at least your nearest dairy, for this frozen delight. Whether homemade or not, the ride will be worth the extra calories. This monthly column has become one of the highlights of every issue - we hope you enjoy it too.

Lakeside Licks

288 NY 299, Highland, NY 125283

LicksShiraSignThe town of New Paltz, NY has some very quaint shops, restaurants and a brewery, I’m told. During our research for the ‘Riding Distilled’ Tour, we found our route passing through so I thought to seek out an ice creamery to bring to you good folks. Of course there is one – Huguenot Creamery – which is located right on the main street in the village of New Paltz. We ended up there around noon on a Saturday and A) they were closed B) it was impossible to even stop to take a photo due to all the traffic coming through, let alone find a parking spot.

Undaunted, our heroes rode on to the next stop. Lakeside Licks, located directly on Route 299 with plenty of parking and super friendly owners, Marie and John.

John, who worked in construction for many years, decided to try a new venture and converted the one-car garage they had in Speculator, NY into an ice cream shop. Being in the center of town didn’t hurt the business at all and, after three years of scooping ice cream, they opened a second location in Milton, NY, which was a bit closer to home. Within two years, they were on to their third in Highland, NY, complete with indoor/outdoor seating and an 18-hole miniature golf course - and now you know the rest of the story.

In addition to serving premium Hershey and Perry’s hard ice cream, they have breakfast and lunch available. You can stop in for a pre-ride breakfast of eggs, breakfast burrito, sandwiches, French toast, pancakes or breakfast grilled cheese (eggs, cheese, choice of meat and home fries on Texas toast). That’s a pretty good base for a nice day’s ride.

LicksBuildingIf you happen to find yourself a bit peckish in the afternoon, the lunch menu includes stuff from the fryer as well as your burgers and dogs from the grill and an assortment of wraps and sandwiches.

And, at any time of day, you can have yourself some ice cream. As I said, Lakeside Licks offers Hershey and Perry’s ice cream in a multitude of flavors. I opted for a small scoop of Hershey’s Salted Caramel Bananas Foster: Brown sugar banana ice cream with a salty caramel twist and vanilla cookie pieces- but the Roadrunner Raspberry: White chocolate ice cream with raspberry swirls and raspberry filled chocolate cups looked pretty darn tasty as well. Marie said that Perry’s Cannoli was one of their top sellers and I know that, had I more room for another scoop, I would have gone for the Toasted Coconut.

They also have soft serve with some 30 different fusion flavors available, a ton of special sundaes including S’mores: vanilla with marshmallow topping, chocolate syrup, graham crackers, whipped cream, nuts and topped with a cherry or Shamrock: green mint chip ice cream, hot fudge, Andes candies pieces, whipped cream and a cherry on top. If you are like me and want to try different flavors, their child scoop at $2 is perfect; but should you be more of an ice cream monster, go for the large 4-scooper which will only set you back $3.75 – what a deal!LicksGolf

If you, like 50,000 other riders, head to Lake George for Americade the first week in June, take a ride to the original Lakeside Licks in the middle of Speculator, NY on Route 30. Here’s you’ll find a walk-up window and ice cream on some of the prettiest roads in New York State. As a bonus, I’ve given a 160-mile loop from Canada Street in Lake George to Speculator as well.

Last year John tried to get a Bike Night going on Tuesdays (they have a Car Cruise on Thursdays during the summer) but wasn’t too successful. I think that this location, in between I-87 and Route 9W, is a great spot for an evening ride. The surrounding roads are pretty tasty and before or after some ice cream you can challenge your riding buds to a game of miniature golf before riding home. That sounds like the perfect summer night to me. So let’s see if we can’t get this going and to do that I’ll offer up two rides: one 75-mile route from Hudson Valley Motorcycles in Ossining, NY and one 65-mile route from Cycle Motion in Middletown, NY.