Led a small group of six total. Had a great time. Only three people who let from New Hope finished ahead of us. Averaged nearly 14 mph for the 93 miles, which is pretty darn good considering the amount of slower street/trail riding involved. We only had to lift our bikes over one tree that had still not been cleared after Irene. There were signns of flooding, but no water on the roads. Wish it had been less humid, but there were cold beers were waiting for in a cooler on the sidewalk of the Nu Hotel, which was the end point.
Here is what one D rider wrote:
Good evening. As probably the only D rider biking to Brooklyn (50 mile
route) I want to thank Art and Sergio and anyone else that was involved with
this ride. The cue sheet provided more detail and I didn't get lost behind
the Newark Airport for the first time in 5 years.
"I rode with [Bill] so I rode faster than my usual dallying pace and we
were able to get to the hotel at 4:20 pm; we would have been there 20
minutes earlier but we just missed the 14th St. ferry. He is a terrific guy.
"I love this ride. As a committed D rider - C rides but at a D pace - this
ride is excellent because it has lots of rolling hills in NJ that plateau
for a minute then continue rolling so I get a break then start grinding
again. I love the Watchung Reservation hill, riding through all those small
towns, and cruising down streets totally covered by trees...along
water...through parks, then into the industrial yards behind the airport. I
personally enjoy riding in traffic in Hoboken and in NYC and Brooklyn
because we are going faster than the traffic and have flexibility that they
don't. The Brooklyn Bridge is the *last* hill and is a trip because of the
amount of happy-looking, photo-taking pedestrians on the other half of the
bridge, forcing you to really be alert.
"The liquid refreshment, Samantha, and the hot shower at the Nu Hotel were
great. San Pellagino with Limon was divine. There are so many excellent
restaurants in close walking distance. I heard some unbelievable jazz."
This isn't a smell the roses ride for me, so I took very few pics. But here are two from the bridge.
I encourage everyone to challenge themselves on this and on other rides. Go
a little further and ride a little faster and see yourself growing as a
biker. I decided to do the 75 mile ride next summer because my experience
with myself and my bicycle was so gratifying, stimulating and enjoyable that
I want to have more of it.