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    Jersey - The Garden State

    Not one for ride reports often, but thought i would give it a try. This ride ejected me pretty humble but i liked it alot.

    Anyway, I woke up Sunday and decided i was going to ride to my parents house. Between commuting and busy weekends lately i had been riding a ton, but had not done some of the longer distances I wanted to do. So i was up and had little to do in the morning, my fiancÚ had gone to church and i told her i was going to go on a ride.

    I knew it was going to be about 30 miles each way. I was pretty excited because i live maybe 15 min outside Philly and it is pretty standard suburbs, but i grew up in the "countryish" area of jersey (IE the middle) and i knew after about 15 miles the road starts getting really nice (very smooth, with a good 5 foot shoulder).

    For all those who associate NJ with the 25 mile radius outside Newark airport i took some pics of the "countryish" areas that i grew up with and gave the state its name.

    On the way out...notice the Corn growing (Jersey corn is good)


    On the way back (starting to get cloudy)


    The trusty Steed


    Anywhoo i made great time going out 33 miles at an average of 17.5. I walk into my parents house for the "surprise visit" and no one is there, and something smells. I fill up my water bottles and as i am leaving i notice that they Fogged the house (insectacide)...hah it would seem my parents are trying to kill me. Anyway i was anticipating taking a break to visit with them, but since they weren't there i just hopped back on the bike...WOW after the 5-8 min off the legs kinda lost something i was barely breaking 13 mph from 35-45 miles and was pretty beat (but i did pass someone, and that made me happy) after about 45 miles i stopped to fill up at a convenience store and stretched out properly and got some of my legs back.

    Unfortunately i found out from my fiancÚ that bad Thunderstorms were approaching. So i continue on my way and at mile 52 or so some guys rides up and rides with me for about 5 miles, talking to him made the time fly, but he then had to turn away (tried to leave me but never got more than 100 yards away until he turned ) anyway as promised the Storms arrive with about 7 miles to go. The temp went from high 80s to mid 50s instantly and the wind was whipping everything around, the sky finally opened up with about 1 mile to go and i arrived very wet to my fiancÚ on the porch worrying that i had died.

    total trip stats:
    66.60 miles (perhaps a bad omen)
    time 4 hour 5min
    max speed 33.5mph
    average 16.2
    Net elevation: 0ft (i started and stopped at the same place )
    Elevation: (well it is south jersey so very flat mapmyride gives me a min of 30 ft and max of 217 ft) All my "mountains" on the elevation profile are right in the middle (parents house) the worst seems to be a
    Mapmyride calories says 4500 i think that is alot generous. the worse "climb" seems to be about 120 ft in .4 miles... not exactly the rockies.

    The really neat thing is due to the roads and small towns it takes an hour to driver there, but took less than 2 to get there 4 hour round trip on bike and 2 in a car, not bad.

    sorry if this was boring, feel free to just look at my 2 pictures
    Last edited by heckler; 07-28-08 at 09:58 PM.

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    Sounds like a fun ride. Glad you made it through the storms alive!! They were pretty bad. NJ has some great places to ride, it's getting to those places that's a bit tricky

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    MAN! That is nice to see.

    Some wierd stuff too--- I am from Central Jersey. And...ride the same bike.

    Great ride - great bike.

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    MmmMmmMmm....bike porn. Sometime in my future, and 50 lbs from now or so, is a roadie, I think-or a decent hybrid that doesn't suck.
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    I'm from Jersey as well. Where did you start and where do your parents live? Looking for good places where the jerk drivers won't kill me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heckler View Post

    ...notice the Corn growing (Jersey corn is good)
    mmmmmmmm...fresh picked Jersey corn.

    I gotta get over the Barry Bridge to the roadside stands...Jersey tomatoes are nice, too.
    Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoste View Post
    mmmmmmmm...fresh picked Jersey corn.

    I gotta get over the Barry Bridge to the roadside stands...Jersey tomatoes are nice, too.
    Nice? NICE!?!? Fantastic is what they are. After you eat the garbage they sell at the supermarket all winter, the stuff in the summer is even better. I should have my own soon. I have a ton of green tomatoes on my plants. I've gotten a few of the grape tomatoes though.
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    I miss those Jersey veggies.

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    Jersey corn and tomatoes!

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    There's NOTHING like Jersey corn! Good stuff!

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    i am in Palmyra NJ (on the Delaware a bit north of Philly on the jersey side... it is pretty crappy riding for about 15 miles but most stuff past 206 is nice... east of 130 is nice too up a little farther from me. The roads in the pine barrens normally have good shoulders (i don't particularly mind fast traffic as long as i have a good shoulder.

    that route was literally almost all Rt 537 from moorestown NJ through Mt holly. past all the farmish lands to new egypt NJ (rt 539)

    this was the route:

    Anything in the south of 195 west of route 9/parkway, east of 206 and north of AC expressway is pretty open. But of course that is why they are called the Pine barrens i suppose.

    And from the name of ky hokie i would assume Kentucky or Virgina, wherabouts are you located? and good choice of bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyhokie View Post
    MAN! That is nice to see.

    Some wierd stuff too--- I am from Central Jersey. And...ride the same bike.

    Great ride - great bike.
    Central Jersey is a mythical land that only exists for those who do not want to admit they live in North Jersey. 195 separates the two.

    Also, jersey veggies are about the only things worth staying in this miserable state for.
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    I like to imagine that a 40 mile band of land 20 miles north of 195 and 20 south make up central jersey. with east brunswick being the north end and fort dix being the south end.

    For those of you not all that familiar with the area...my parents house is about 15 min from Six Flags.

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    I have family in Toms River - and that's the town my Mom and her siblings grew up in.

    Why don't some of you Jersey guys send a care package down to KY with veggies and Pork Roll?

    I've lived in KY for 17 years...but NJ is still home.

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    There's an awful lot of cool riding in NJ. My best route so far: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...-Crossing98482

    And, if you like hills: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...-Montclair-v-2
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    There's an awful lot of cool riding in NJ. My best route so far: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...-Crossing98482
    Yes, that was a great ride. Neils on Wheels did some good rides, but that was the best one. Sigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heckler View Post
    i am in Palmyra NJ (on the Delaware a bit north of Philly on the jersey side... it is pretty crappy riding for about 15 miles but most stuff past 206 is nice... east of 130 is nice too up a little farther from me. The roads in the pine barrens normally have good shoulders (i don't particularly mind fast traffic as long as i have a good shoulder.

    that route was literally almost all Rt 537 from moorestown NJ through Mt holly. past all the farmish lands to new egypt NJ (rt 539)

    this was the route:

    Anything in the south of 195 west of route 9/parkway, east of 206 and north of AC expressway is pretty open. But of course that is why they are called the Pine barrens i suppose.

    And from the name of ky hokie i would assume Kentucky or Virgina, wherabouts are you located? and good choice of bike
    Let me know when I can come over to ride with you. That looks fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heckler View Post
    And from the name of ky hokie i would assume Kentucky or Virgina, wherabouts are you located? and good choice of bike
    Sorry for the late reply...I live in KY - went to Virginia Tech, and am back in Blacksburg very regularly. I'd like to move back to that area.

    We'll see.

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    Corn Broth
    We just had this and it's awesome:

    • Cut the kernels off of corn on the cob
    • Bring water to a boil (a cup of liquid per cob)
    • When the water starts to boil, add the corn, boil for 5 minutes
    • When the broth is finished, add a tiny amount of the corn kernels and chopped tomatos
    • Enjoy!
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    oddly enough i rode through to new egypt that day also, except i was coming from point pleasant. between our separate routes though we pretty much cut the state in 1/2. Not much going on in New Egypt but i love riding there, just farms, low traffic roads, some hills and usually a nice sized shoulder to ride on. New Jersey can be a great place to ride if you know which roads to stay away from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smyth View Post
    oddly enough i rode through to new egypt that day also, except i was coming from point pleasant. between our separate routes though we pretty much cut the state in 1/2. Not much going on in New Egypt but i love riding there, just farms, low traffic roads, some hills and usually a nice sized shoulder to ride on. New Jersey can be a great place to ride if you know which roads to stay away from.
    Yeah, that's about right. If you stay away from the Gateway counties (NE, Passaic County to parts of Middlesex County) then you're fine. (For the record, I grew up in Bergen county, work in Union county, and live in Middlesex county.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    Yeah, that's about right. If you stay away from the Gateway counties (NE, Passaic County to parts of Middlesex County) then you're fine. (For the record, I grew up in Bergen county, work in Union county, and live in Middlesex county.)
    yeah, the only bad part about near me is its very populated so there are driveways and intersections everywhere.
    i was born in hoboken, and lived in brick, nj for most of my life. i've got family up in bergen and union though.

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    537 is a nice ride, I've ridden it from Great Adventure (in Jackson) to Asbury, and back in college I used to drive a delivery truck up and down 537 all the way down to Mt Holly and back. Cars do go fast (50mph +) but the road is wide enough and not too congested, especially south of 195, that its still a good ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    Yeah, that's about right. If you stay away from the Gateway counties (NE, Passaic County to parts of Middlesex County) then you're fine. (For the record, I grew up in Bergen county, work in Union county, and live in Middlesex county.)

    Middlesex roads are tough, when I ride down from Morristown to the shore every so often, I go down to Ryders lane and lately its felt I'm on a freeway. Never had cars pass by me so close and so often outside of NYC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerseysbest View Post
    Middlesex roads are tough, when I ride down from Morristown to the shore every so often, I go down to Ryders lane and lately its felt I'm on a freeway. Never had cars pass by me so close and so often outside of NYC.
    Yeah, Ryders lane isn't the best road to ride on. Fortunately, there are ways around it.
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