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Looking to ride down the NJ coast from Atlantic Highlands to Wildwood

Old 06-17-17, 03:13 PM
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Looking to ride down the NJ coast from Atlantic Highlands to Wildwood

I'm looking to take the ferry to Atlantic Highlands, and then ride down the coast (as much as I can) to Wildwood.

Looking for a route that can get me there, and hoping people would have suggestions for that, or GPX files, etc, that have done it.

Even roads to avoid.

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Old 06-17-17, 06:28 PM
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I'm also interested in info on doing this. I've done AC to Cape May, but don't have info north of that.
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Old 06-28-17, 10:14 AM
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I'm going to bump this up again, because I would love to find out if anyone has done this and if they have a good route that minimizes shoulderless highways.
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Old 07-03-17, 11:43 AM
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It's not that simple. On the southern end, you have two choices. You can go into Atlantic City from the west and then ride down the coast through Ventnor, Margate, Ocean City, Strathmere, Sea Isle City, Avalon Stone Harbor and then North Wildwood. But there is no good way into A.C. Heavy traffic and unsafe drivers.


The other option is to stay inland to Mays Landing in order to cross the Great Egg River and then head into Ocean City. Since the closing of the old bridge across Great Egg Harbor that paralleled U.S. 9/GSP between Somers Point and Beesley's Point, there is no other way across except at Mays Landing.


BTW...This time of year, you should expect heavy traffic in the shore towns. In Ocean City, West Ave. is the best to bike on if you want a bike lane. When you cross Corson's Inlet from Ocean City to Strathmere you will have to ride a bumpy, narrow road into Sea Isle that essentially has no shoulder and cars parked along side it. Not nice riding. Neither is riding through Sea Isle. Avalon and Stone Harbor are better. Dune Drive in Avalon, which becomes 2nd Street in Stone Harbor, is wide and has a bike lane. Once you cross the causeway in N. Wildwood you will get pretty consistent traffic again.


And did I mention the headwinds you would likely face? This time of year, prevailing winds blow up the coast unless there is a storm. Those of us who have spent time riding "down the shore" know to go inland in the morning to start a loop ride and come up the coast for the latter stages of the ride. There is nothing quite demoralizing that mile after mile of headwinds down that way. Last year I did a long Easter Weekend tour down to Lewes, DE. On Easter, I took the ferry back to Cape May and rode all the way to A.C. to catch the train home. A storm system produced a headwind that day. I almost quit and got a motel room in Ocean City, and I had stayed on U.S. 9 until turning for the coast at Stone Harbor.


Personally, it sounds like a boring ride. And note that, through September, you cannot ride on the boardwalks after late morning. I think 10 or 11 a.m. in most towns.
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Old 07-03-17, 05:58 PM
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If you really wanted to do it, nobody can stop you, but I agree with @indyfabz ...the coast itself is miserable to ride on, outside of short(ish) sections. Highlands to Asbury Park is one of the tolerable ones, as is Bayhead to Seaside...but there is no good way off the island there. Ditto, once you head south to the next chain.

IMO, it would be much more relaxing to follow the High Point to Cape May route, and simply head west to start (or take the train/transfer to get to Princeton...). The people who are driving at the shore right now are one fry short of a happy meal...and some aren't even that good.
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Thanks for the input. I am pretty good with South Jersey coastal riding, and have done AC to Cape May. I actually grew up in Cape May so I am no stranger to that riding, and started doing it extensively when I was 11 or 12. In fact, I rode up the Parkway from CM to Rio Grand with my best friend when we were 12. Then we robbed to toll booth there and made off with about $2 in change. Ahhh, sweet youth!

I am more interested in the NYC to AC routes. I will probably ride up to the GWB and cross there to avoid the ferry and the PATH. I expect to break it into 2 days, stopping to stay with someone in Princeton, so I expect to wind up using a bit of the Highpoint route. to keep I plan to keep it leisurely and avoid night riding.

Ultimately, I do want to do more of a coastline ride but probably in the Spring or Fall. I just need to figure that out above AC. I can more or less to AC to CM with my eyes closed.
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