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Old 11-01-13, 02:57 PM   #1
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lookin for route off long island heading south.

Several times over the years I've done a trip to central Vermont with my brothers and father, so going north is not too much of a problem. But next summer were thinking of heading south to ocean city Md. Instead of going north to get through the city into jersey I'm considering biking into the city and there is a commuter ferry that goes to jersey just north of sandy hook but I believe the last ferry leaving Manhattan is 8:30 am. Then riding down the coast to cape may where we can catch the ferry to Delaware and riding the rest of the way down the coast to ocean city.
So does anyone have any other suggestions? Rather not have to do the train thing since were planning on leaving on a Friday and the whole rush hour thing, no bikes on trains.
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You know anybody in Brooklyn you can stay with ?

It's a sound idea, but as you discovered, details, details.

Maybe later LIRR and then NJ Path to somewhere convenient south of Newark ?

FWIW, the SW Nassau to middle of Brooklyn is my 25 mile one way commute. I think the distance to lower Manhatten is about 35-40 (via Coney Island and around the south end of Brooklyn via the shore path),
so at least 2-1/2 hrs, which makes for a really early start, depending on where on LI you start.

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The SeaStreak ferry runs all day long to the Highlands, I don't know where you got your information about the last boat at 8:30. In the summer there is an 11:15am weekday boat that goes to Sandy Hook too. Weekends have more boats to Sandy Hook.

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You know anybody in Brooklyn you can stay with ?

It's a sound idea, but as you discovered, details, details.

Maybe later LIRR and then NJ Path to somewhere convenient south of Newark ?

FWIW, the SW Nassau to middle of Brooklyn is my 25 mile one way commute. I think the distance to lower Manhatten is about 35-40 (via Coney Island and around the south end of Brooklyn via the shore path),
so at least 2-1/2 hrs, which makes for a really early start, depending on where on LI you start.

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Thanks, still trying to decide route to the city. I'll be leaving from east meadow, so afew hours to the city
then a ferry ride, then a few more hours on the bike would make for a good day.
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The SeaStreak ferry runs all day long to the Highlands, I don't know where you got your information about the last boat at 8:30. In the summer there is an 11:15am weekday boat that goes to Sandy Hook too. Weekends have more boats to Sandy Hook.

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Don't know how I missed that ferry. Thanks, that is just what I was looking for.
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S East Meadow to South Ferry. No idea where exactly you are starting and not sure about the NJ ferry.
This is a lot of bike path or on street lane, and it's fairly scenic. As alternative, you can skip along the Verrazano and take the Bedford Ave. bike lane to Ave. I or so, then over to Ocean Ave. and up and thru Prospect Park. Others can then give advise as to how to get on the Brooklyn Bridge.

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3616970

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Going around that end of Brooklyn is really out of the way, although it takes advantage of the bike lane on the Belt Pkway from Queens. There is a Greenway marked out that you can pick up in Queens that will take you through the center of Brooklyn, rather than going around. It is hard to follow though. The NYC Century does part of that route in reverse and even with a turn sheet, map and turn markers is hard to follow.

Brooklyn_Queens_GreenwayGuide.pdf

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The ferry is a good idea. Finding a good route to ride down the NJ coast is a little tough, I've been researching a ride from Newark, NJ to Atlantic City, NJ, and can't find any great routes that hug the coast. If you come up with something, please share, I'd be interested.

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Are you camping? If you decide to take the ferry to Sandy Hook I would just run straight down the shore to Manasquan and then cut in on the Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway from Manasquan to Allaire State Park which has a nice campground. Brendan Byrne state forest in the Pine Barrens south of Pemberton also has good camping and the riding through the Pine Barrens in that area is nice too
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+1 on using the Edgar Felix to Allaire State Park. I haven't camped there, but it's a nice ride with some good stops along the way.
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If it were up to me we'd be camping. But not sure what the rest of the crew wants at this point. Those are
some great suggestions. Years ago I did a solo ride from central jersey to mill ville via 206 . It was 110
miles if I remember correctly. And it was the 4th of July riding down main Street in Princeton as everyone
was lining up for the parade.
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