Folks, I need a reality check. Temperatures are going to be in the single digits tomorrow, with some decent crosswinds.
Here's the plan. Subject to change, depending on how nasty the wind will be:
Friday: I took the afternoon off work. Catch the 12:39 train out of Union, NJ to Port Jervis, NY. I have a reservation at the High Point Country Inn in Wantage, just down the road from High Point State Park. The train schedule is pretty annoying. I have to make three connections, and it'll take me 4 hours, putting me 5 hilly miles from the inn. (It's called High Point for a good reason.)
If for some reason I miss the connection in Middletown, that puts me into rush hour. I then get to Port Jervis at 10:06 pm.
I was considering getting off at Middletown and biking the 25 miles to the inn, but the ride is mostly in the middle of nowhere, with lots of hills. Not a problem if the weather is nice, but if I have a breakdown I'm fixing the bike at the side of the road in sub-freezing temperatures.
Saturday: Wantage to Stanhope. Start riding the Cape May to High Point bike route. (Here's a PDF of the route, dialup users beware.) Inn at milepost 41.
Sunday: Stanhope to Bridgewater. Continue on the CM/HP route. Around mile 75, I peel off the route. I have another 12 miles to go until I get to my sister's house. I have a route that takes me by my company's Liberty Corner site. (Why not? I'll probably never have a reason to go there, and I hear it's a pretty campus.) (Bikely route for those last 12 miles.)
I was planning to get to my sister's around noon and then ride the 16 miles home using a route that takes me on the Delaware and Raritan towpath. My sister can't be home until later afternoon, though. There's no point in my doing this in the dark, since the park closes then. (I also want to see the condition of the trail, it was pretty abysmal last summer.) So I'll probably take the train home from there.