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Old 08-09-09, 06:14 PM
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Highland Park to Spruce Run State Park

gblackwood and I are planning a weekend tour in a couple of weeks.

Rough route, 38 miles (Highland Park to Spruce Run)

I got these roads out of the NJ Bike map, and they should be fine for cycling. However, I'd like to plot a different route back, for variety's sake. Any thoughts on this?
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Day 1, I haven't ridden those roads, but have driven some of them. Basically you're heading straight for Sourland Mountain until Neshanic, then heading north away from the mountain; you're not going over it.
Day 2, do you want your return route to be north, or south of Day 1's route? If south, then you pretty much go south to Ringoes, over to Wertsville, up Lindberg Road on Sourland Mountain to Zion, Harlingen, Griggstown; up Canal Road to either Blackwells Mills or East Milstone, then retrace your steps back home.
Otherwise, head east first, and drop down to the south later; I don't know those roads at all.
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Day 2, do you want your return route to be north, or south of Day 1's route? If south, then you pretty much go south to Ringoes, over to Wertsville, up Lindberg Road on Sourland Mountain to Zion, Harlingen, Griggstown; up Canal Road to either Blackwells Mills or East Milstone, then retrace your steps back home.
I second this suggestion, except that I recommend that from Ringoes you cross Rt. 31 onto Wertsville Road, then make the first right onto Mountain Road (or the second right onto Linvale Road in order to make a stop at Unionville Winery, and then the second left onto Mountain Road). At the T intersection where Mountain Road meets Rileyville Road, turn left and then the first right (probably less than 100 yards) onto Ridge Road, and then right onto Lindbergh Road to continue. This is much less steep than climbing up Lindbergh Road from Wertsville Road; I just cycled the Linvale-Mountain-Ridge segment on Saturday. From Lindbergh Road bear left onto Zion Road, and then the second right onto Hollow Road, where you'll coast down along a trout stream. Turn left onto Camp Meeting Road, which becomes Skillman Road, then left at a T onto Burnt Hill Road, and right onto Sunset Road, which becomes Harlingen Road a short distance after you've crossed Rt. 206. You'll eventually need to make a left to stay on Harlingen Road, and then right at a T onto Belle Mead - Griggstown Road, which you'll take down to River Road and the bridge over to Canal Road, where you'll probably be on familiar territory.

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I second this suggestion, except that I recommend that from Ringoes you cross Rt. 31 onto Wertsville Road, then make the first right onto Mountain Road (or the second right onto Linvale Road in order to make a stop at Unionville Winery, and then the second left onto Mountain Road). At the T intersection where Mountain Road meets Rileyville Road, turn left and then the first right (probably less than 100 yards) onto Ridge Road, and then right onto Lindbergh Road to continue. This is much less steep than climbing up Lindbergh Road from Wertsville Road; I just cycled the Linvale-Mountain-Ridge segment on Saturday. From Lindbergh Road bear left onto Zion Road, and then the second right onto Hollow Road, where you'll coast down along a trout stream. Turn left onto Camp Meeting Road, which becomes Skillman Road, then left at a T onto Burnt Hill Road, and right onto Sunset Road, which becomes Harlingen Road a short distance after you've crossed Rt. 206. You'll eventually need to make a left to stay on Harlingen Road, and then right at a T onto Belle Mead - Griggstown Road, which you'll take down to River Road and the bridge over to Canal Road, where you'll probably be on familiar territory.

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Yes, that's nice too. Maybe I just like the coffee shop at the bottom of Lindbergh road. The climb up Lindbergh is long and steep, but... oh, it's not so bad!

Hollow Road, with that stream, is especially nice. Reminds me of rural New England or something.

In my experience, the worst thing that's happened to me in that area is that I turned onto a road that turned into a gravel road. I think that's happened to me twice, and it's not a big deal. Other than that, all those roads are nice!
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If only this were a 3-day tour! rhm, Ken, thanks. These routes look great, but they add about 10 miles to the trip. (I'm bookmarking this thread, though, for future reference.)

A northern route might be the way to add variety:

Spruce Run to Highland Park via Bridgewater and Whitehouse, 37 miles

This goes past the northern shore of Round Valley Reservoir, through Duke Island State Park, and past my sister's house in Bridgewater. How does it look?
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... These routes look great, but they add about 10 miles to the trip....
The ten miles is nothing compared to the hill.

But seriously, Neil... 38 miles on day 1, maybe 50 on day 2, it's not such a big deal. You're not doing this to save time; otherwise you'd stay home, right? And at the end of your 50 mile ride home, you're home; no need to set up camp etc. If you're too tired to make dinner, order a pizza.
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