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Old 10-14-12, 07:25 PM
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New Jersey -Henry Hudson Trail

Hello All,
Prior to today I've ridden the 2 "southern" legs: from Freehold to Marlboro, and then, 2 miles away, from Marlboro to Aberdeen. These are each about 5 miles 1 way. Today I rode the northern portion from Matawan to Atlantic Highlands, somewhere around 12 miles each way, although after realizing that I desperately needed a restroom (I drank a ,lot of water!), I turned around after about 10 miles - thus it was about a 20 mile round trip ride.

The good: 1.lots of heavily treed sections, which was great today as the trees cut down the wind - it was very breezy today (16-17 mile winds). 2. The whole section is paved
The bad: 1. Much of the ride was very bumpy due to the aforementioned tree roots lifting up the macadam in many areas.2. The part from Matawan/Aberdeen to Union Beach was not very pretty.

I will not ride this again, although others can, and do, feel differently.
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>>>>I will not ride this again, although others can, and do, feel differently.<<<<<

I'm not a big fan of this ride -- or the ride up to Sandy Hook -- either. In New Jersey, I much prefer the Edgar Felix Bikeway, as it has a few interesting stops and sites along the way, plus a great destination in Manasquan Beach.
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>>>>I will not ride this again, although others can, and do, feel differently.<<<<<

I'm not a big fan of this ride -- or the ride up to Sandy Hook -- either. In New Jersey, I much prefer the Edgar Felix Bikeway, as it has a few interesting stops and sites along the way, plus a great destination in Manasquan Beach.
Good morning Papa,
Interesting that you mention the Edgar Felix as I enjoy it as well. It bothers me somewhat that it is about 20 miles from my house, but it's a very nice and interesting ride.
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>>>>It bothers me somewhat that it is about 20 miles from my house, but it's a very nice and interesting ride.<<<<

Twenty miles is nothing. I live on Long Island, so it's about TWO HOURS from my house!

On another Jersey note, have either of you ridden the Waterfront Walkway in Jersey City this year? I've been on it three or four times to Liberty State Park, but I don't want to schlepp to Jersey again until it's all completed from Hoboken to the park. It's a very pleasant ride, albeit not much of a workout.
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>>>>It bothers me somewhat that it is about 20 miles from my house, but it's a very nice and interesting ride.<<<<

Twenty miles is nothing. I live on Long Island, so it's about TWO HOURS from my house!

On another Jersey note, have either of you ridden the Waterfront Walkway in Jersey City this year? I've been on it three or four times to Liberty State Park, but I don't want to schlepp to Jersey again until it's all completed from Hoboken to the park. It's a very pleasant ride, albeit not much of a workout.
When I say it bothers me that it is 20 miles away, I mean I'm driving for 75 minutes round trip for a 1 hour ride.

No, I haven't done the Waterfront Walkway.
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When I say it bothers me that it is 20 miles away, I mean I'm driving for 75 minutes round trip for a 1 hour ride.
I hear ya. I started a thread elsewhere asking cyclists if the cost of travel has caused them to cut back on trips where the drive is as long - or longer - than the bike ride itself. I, personally, have almost completely eliminated biking outside of my area, even though I really enjoy rides like the Edgar Felix, the Waterfront, and a bunch of bikeways in NY's Hudson Valley.

The Waterfront theoretically goes from the GWB to the Bayonne Bridge; however, I have only ridden from Weehawken to Liberty State Park, much of which was completely off-road as of Autumn, 2011. It's a great "family ride," especially using Hoboken as a lunch stop and Liberty State Park as a destination, but there were still many areas that required on-street riding as of last fall. I'm hoping this is done by now - or will be done by the spring of 2013, as I want to ride it again, but I don't want to go through all the hassles of getting to New Jersey if no progress has been made.

Perhaps I'll start a new thread on this subject...
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The Henry Hudson is one of my favorites but I agree about the blacktop rooting up in spots. It can be tough with a rigid fork hybrid but I try to do a good job avoiding them without killing myself. I start at Keansburg HS and take it out to the bayshore trail and over the bridge to the Sandy Hook lighthouse for about 30-34 miles round trip. Love it. Great views and love being by the ocean. Can be windy, cold, and raw if you pick the wrong day though.
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