As a small trial for an anticipated Atlantic coast tour, i am making a bike tour out of a visit to family near Newark and return to Boston. The Chinatown bus (Fung Wa) and PATH did the heavy lifting on the outgoing trip, and now i'm planning the return bike ride. This will be my first multi-night, > 200 mile tour.
I've read some threads about distance riding from NYC-Boston or vice versa with either one or no stops at a motel, but with my loaded bike i'm sure it will take me at least 3 days to cover the ~250 miles. I'm not at all familiar with New Jersey, New York or Connecticut. As i'm not really in great shape (haven't done any rides over 30-40 miles this year), what would you suggest as a fairly leisurely route from Newark to Boston with camping stops?
The first routing decision i'm especially looking for input on is whether to go completely around Manhattan to the North (via NJ)--which seems rather out of the way, back to Newark and across Washington or WTC via PATH and follow the ECGW route, or out LI to either of the ferries.
One gap in the LI option is how to get to a rideable part of the Island, (wherever that may be), so if you have good things to say about the LI route, some details about that step would be appreciated.
I'll have more questions soon, i'm sure. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.