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Caroline Kennedy Takes Bike Ride

July 20, 1999

BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) _ Caroline Kennedy left the seclusion of her summer home for a morning bicycle ride with her husband today, and they later drove away with her cousins Maria Shriver and William Kennedy Smith.

``Good morning,″ Ms. Kennedy told a surprised police officer before heading out on a bike with her husband, Edwin Schlossberg. She spoke to no one else, and did not acknowledge reporters and others gathered outside the house on eastern Long Island. The flag outside the home flew at half-staff.

The hour-long outing, one day after the couple’s 13th wedding anniversary, was the first time Ms. Kennedy had been seen outside the house since returning from a trip out West on Saturday, the day after her brother John F. Kennedy Jr.’s plane disappeared.

Shortly after she and Schlossberg returned, the couple and her cousins drove away from the summer home in a three-car convoy. It was not known where they were headed.

Smith and Shriver, the TV newswoman, had offered consolation this morning. Ms. Kennedy served as maid of honor at Shriver’s wedding to Arnold Schwarzenegger.

On Monday, Ms. Kennedy was visited by her uncle, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, and he was glimpsed shooting basketball with her children _ Rose, 11, Tatiana, 9, and John, 6. He had spent the weekend on Cape Cod with the rest of the Kennedy clan.

A convoy of about 10 cars was seen leaving the residence Monday evening. It was not known who was in the cars or where they were headed.

The relatively modest-looking Kennedy-Schlossberg house is in a beach resort where homes have multimillion-dollar price tags and sightings of the rich and famous are common. Anybody can buy raspberries and sweet corn at farm stands that dot the winding roads, but the beach _ with thick white sand and sparkling blue water a quarter-mile from the Kennedy-Schlossberg house _ is open only to residents.

Only a sliver of the brown-shingled, two-story house can be seen from the road through tall hedges.

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