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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

NJ Ride Recap 0907-102012

Friday & Monday were travel days. We camped in Upper Black Eddy, PA across from Frenchtown, NJ which has some of the best restaurants we have ever visited. Frenchtown Cafe for breakfast and Galasso's Pizza for dinner. Traveled with Roger, Brett and Nathan

Sourland Spectacular ride highlights 09082012
67 miles
Averaged 14.1mph
3579ft climbed
Very humid and temps in the 80's

This was the first year for the ride and several hundred cyclists showed up for the ride. The ride started and ended at Sourland Mountain Preserve in NJ. The ride consisted of rolling hills through the Sourland Mountain area. It was a good ride but I bonked toward the end because of the humidity and heat.

From their websiteThe bicycling event will offer challenging routes for serious cyclists, as well as a shorter alternative for more casual bikers.  Routes of 37, 50 and 63 miles are planned, all of which include some climbing, as Sourland Mountain is beautiful, but not flat.  All routes begin and end at the Somerset County Sourland Mountain Preserve on East Mountain Road in Hillsborough Township.  
There will be coffee and snacks at registration, and designated rest stops along the routes will offer beverages, snacks and bathroom facilities.  SAG services also will be provided.  
“The bike routes are through the large Sourland forest and adjacent picturesque farmland”, says SPC President Cliff Wilson.  “Bikers also will ridy by historic sites such as the Charles Lindbergh estate, site of the infamous kidnapping.”
Hikers also will meet at the Preserve, and can choose from a wide variety of trails, all of which involve some moderate climbing. Naturalists will be on hand to guide some of the hikes, including one to the spectacular Roaring Rocks area, where Roaring Brook runs beneath a field of enormous boulders, creating the unique aural sensation that gives the place its name. 
Following the morning activities, hikers and bikers will join up for a picnic lunch at the Preserve, and all participants who registered in advance will receive commemorative T-shirts.  
Proceeds will benefit the Sourland Planning Council, a non-profit organization working to protect the ecological integrity, historical resources and special character of the Sourland Mountain region.
The 90-square-mile Sourland region is home to the largest contiguous forest in Central New Jersey. The sparsely populated area is home to an incredibly rich diversity of animal and plant species, many rare or endangered.
The registration fee is $35 per person, with discounts available for early registration.  The fee for children between the ages 7 to 16 is $20.  Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Canal Loop Ride Highlights 09092012
92 miles

Averaged 12.9mph
1759ft climbed
Low humidity and temps in the 70's
Lambertville, NJ
Princeton, NJ - lunch
Trenton, NJ
60+ miles of the Delaware & Raritan Canal Path
Photos from the weekend

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