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Old 05-07-12, 08:37 AM   #1
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160 Miles This Weekend & Nothing to Show For It

Took a really nice, fully-loaded tour from just outside Port Jervis, NY to my home in Philly. Spent the first night along side the river in Worthington State Forest (NJ), where I had to store food in a bear box. Did a day ride past there last year and we just missed seeing a bear cross the road. Second day I crossed the pedestrian walkway along I-80 and rode down the PA side of the Delaware River and crossed back into NJ at Belvidere. Continued down the NJ side to Milford, where I again crossed back into PA to reach a campground. Back into NJ at Frenchtown, down the trail, back into PA at New Hope and then home.

I had started out taking lots of photos to share, but after taking a shot from the bridge leading to Belvidere, the camera slipped from my cold, sweaty hand, hit the walkway railing and now sleeps with the fishes at the bottom of the Delaware.

Anyway...It's a pretty and challenging route long stretches with little traffic. The first day was particularly hard. Bikely shows over 4,000' of climbing in 39 miles. I believe it. If you live in the area and want more details, send me a PM.
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Old 05-07-12, 11:40 AM   #2
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please do not litter
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It's not litter if you can't see it.

And maybe someday way in the future, some advanced life form, perhaps from another planet, will find the camera, be able to work with what will surely be considered primative technology and gain some insight into the strange way people travelled back in 2012 and how pretty the world was back then.
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Or the fishies took it to take pictures.
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Sorry to read about the camera, but it sounds like a successful tour otherwise.
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Sorry to read about the camera, but it sounds like a successful tour otherwise.

Ditto on that.

Plus I hope you had fun on the trip, it sounds like it was exciting.
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It was fun. One happening remined me that I need to slow down when I stop riding. On Day 2I wasn't able to find a grocery store in Philipsburg so I figured I would eat dinner out at the end of the day. When I reached Milford, a few miles from my destination I felt hurried since it was already 3 p.m. and I felt I should have been there sooner. No reason to feel that way as I had nothing to do that afternoon. In my haste, I failed to notice that the awning over the deli/liquor store also announced that the store sold groceries. I had seen that store many times before and had even been in once or twice, but not in a long time. I didn't remember it having groceries. So I rode the final miles to camp. Around 5:30 I walked 2 miles back into town and had an overpriced dinner that was not really what I was in the mood for and was only so-so. On my way back, I stopped in the store to buy some wine and realized that it had a decent enough selection of groceries, including fresh vegetables. I could have made myself a hearty pasta dinner and saved some coin in the process.
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Sounds like a fun ride! Those are some nice roads (or the towpaths) between Frenchtown and New Hope.
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Well, it sounds like a nice ride.

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Sounds like a fun ride! Those are some nice roads (or the towpaths) between Frenchtown and New Hope.
I took the path, although I find the noise from the crushed stone a tad annoying after a while. The shoulder of SR 29 has really deteriorated over the last few years. Rode it a few weeks ago during a day ride from Bull's Island. There are piles of gravel, some rocks and lots of pieces of broken cold patch. One in our group flatted. At that point we got on the trail for the remaining 5 miles. It says something about a road when riding an unpaved surface on skinny tires is preferable. Also, there is no shoulder south of Stockton.
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I don't believe you went on this trip.
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