Save the date, about 8pm, lets meet at the Denville clock tower, we will check out some holiday lights. There is a nice grouping of decorations along the old trolley line through Mountain Lakes a couple miles from Denville. On the other side of town, we have yet to visit Mount Tabor and its a shame, it is a place the wolves would enjoy tootling around. Rattlesnake Cantina is very nearby, we should probably head there to refuel, meet Santa fundraise for toys for tots and hear some tunes from friends… a nice way to close the evening. Easy, slow ride. 10 or so miles, bring your lights!!! Santa suits?, elf wear?, etc… heck yeah!
Turkey Bike is a great chance to do some good while going for a nice friendly bike ride. Details are here: http://cyclecraft.com/about/turkey-bike-sign-up-pg764.htm
If you’d like to ride to the start together, meet at the Denville Clock Tower at 7:15am for a quick bomb down rt. 46. Traffic will be very light and there is fresh pavement along the shoulder most of the way.
Meet up at the Denville clock tower at 8pm for a ride. If we are feeling very adventurous, there is an unofficial rail trail in the hills of Rockaway we should check out.
I’ve been doing a wonderful bike camp trip for a number of years and I’d love to share it with you. I have a spot at Stephens State Park campgrounds. Site 35 is nestled in giant pine trees on a small rise. It gets pretty quiet and dark in my favorite valley. Lets meet up at Denville clock tower at
7:15 6:45 pm. Bring Lights and camping equipment. You may choose to travel light because Hackettstown is about a mile away from camp and makes for easy supply runs. I drop gear at camp then cruise to Hackettstown for food and refreshments. Camp has potable water.
From Denville, we can head for a half loop of Lake Hopatcong possibly hit Cranberry Lake and cruise down the Sussex Branch to Waterloo Rd. The ride can be lengthened or shortened, modified any which way.
I need to leave around 8am Saturday morning, probably using a more direct route home with a bagel stop.
I hope you can join me!
Meet up at Denville Clocktower precisely around 8pm next Thursday. Destinations unknown. Any suggestions?
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Update: We managed to link up a few nice old cemeteries to make for a pretty interesting ride. Leaving Denville we passed through Gardner Field just in time to see a football player try a flying diving catch. He missed, but it was really cool to be a few feet from a heroic effort like that!
We cruised around our first graveyard, kind of bright & noisy near the highway so we rode out of town on familiar roads heading for Ford Rd. A lifetime member was dazzled by a headlamp and hit the pavement. It sounded like he slid along a few feet but rider & bike were fine. We hit the Ford Rd trail, some went for the twisty log infested singletrack through the pine forest (most of the trees fell during Sandy).
After climbing and descending Farber Hill we were astonished at the spooky beauty of the valley before us! The moon lit up the fog that collected in the meadows behind the old wood fence. The sight was classically scary in a ‘what is lurking out there’ kind of way, but totally beautiful. The road was a little busy so we regretfully pushed on to the next graveyard. This one is old. We had some fun riding along the driveways through the gravestones and trying to scare each other, werewolves are not easily frightened. We headed for Boonton and flew down Main Street, down the Morris Canal Inclined Plane 7 East then up the trail along the Rockaway River stopping to gawk at the falls of course.
Heading back home, we stopped at the scariest most secluded graveyard. We felt our way around the
tiny family plot and made sure we SHUT THE GATE on our way out to keep the spooky things in. Awesome ride!
Saturday September 14th, meet at 3:15pm-ish at Newark Broad Street train station.
At the urging of the thirstier fullmoon riders, we’ve created a ride as an excuse to drink. We’ll see 10-12 miles of Newark then end in the Ironbound to try out some of our favorite sangrias. We recommend a hybrid or sturdier, a helmet, bring a rear light, carry some cash for food and because sangria is cheap but not free. It should be, though, because it’s so damn good!
We recommend you don’t drive home so you may want to check NJ Transit’s bike policy as well.
Lets meet Wednesday at 8:30pm in Rockaway at the town clock at West Main & Maple for a nice loop with a dozen fun miles through Wharton & Dover. Many refreshment options when we’re back in Rockaway. Hope to see ya!
Update: The 3 iron towns route has become a really nice classic ride for the werewolves. The traffic is really quiet. It has a nice big climb & decent, a smooth rail trail under rt. 80 & rt. 15, the Morris Canal towpath and a rough unimproved rail trail. This month was a pretty speedy fun ride. I think its really fun to cruise along slightly downhill while taking the lane on Blackwell Street in downtown Dover. We even formed a tiny peloton on our way back into Rockaway. When I got home I was surprised to see a bloody thorn sticking out of my forehead, must have been from the Morris Canal shortcut I took home!