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Old 10-05-05, 06:26 PM   #1
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Easy Rides in New Jersey?

Heya! I'm planning a ride for yours truly and a few friends who live in NYC, and would love some suggestions on a good ride outside the city. Preferred characteristics include:

- 30-40 miles
- reasonably flat (a few hills are fine)
- accessible by public transport (optional, but preferred)
- 1 hour transit time from NYC
- scenic (i.e. no skyscrapers!)

I'm considering either a Princeton loop, or New Brunswick to Princeton ride. Any additional suggestions?

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Old 10-05-05, 08:32 PM   #2
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I've never biked on it, but I hear the Delaware and Raritan Canal Trail is nice.
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Old 10-06-05, 04:18 AM   #3
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You heard right. I live in that area and the canal towpath is beautiful. If you are riding a road bike, however, you may want to avoid the towpath and ride River Rd on the Pennsylvania side of the river. You can get the train (NJTransit) from NYC to Trenton and make your way from there. That entire area of Mercer and Hunterdon Counties is a wonderful area for riding. Let me know if you ever get down here. I could use a riding buddy.

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Old 10-06-05, 05:59 AM   #4
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Check out this wonderful resource, a labor of love by this fellow, Dustin J Farnum Jr.: You can use it to plan your route. He even indicates elevation changes.

One of my clubs, Central Bucks Bike Club, has a cue sheet archive where you can find some nice rides along the Delaware River that cross between PA & NJ:

I don't mind River Road in PA, but many local cyclists avoid it because there's usually a lot of tourist traffic and not much shoulder; on the NJ side, from Stockton to Frenchtown, there's ~12 miles of very wide shoulder on Route 29. I often go up on the PA side, cross the river to NJ, and return on Rte 29. Personally, I can only do the canal path route 2-3 times a year, and then, though very pretty, it's just too boring.
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