Lets camp! I’m thinking 25 back road miles, maybe with a stop here and there, ending at Stephens State Park for the night. Denville town clock rolling at 2pm sound okay? I’m bringing Stromboli! Adventure awaits…
Recap: By Birdman
What an amazing adventure! The trip started with a light rain but it was barley noticeable. Randolph Trails and Patriot’s Path were a nice way to avoid some exhaust fumes and enjoy some scenery. This could have passed for a Weird New Jersey ride with our stop at “The Church of the Mystic Light”. After that rest stop, it was time to fight gravity as we ascended River rd. All that hard work made us thirsty for some fabulous beers at Jersey Girl Brewery. We had such a good time there that we lost track of time and barley made it to camp with light to spare. Our team set up camp and had a fire going in no time. We enjoyed Dean’s Stromboli and some kielbasi as we listened to some classic MTFC.
The ride back, Bill lead us back via the very quiet Waterloo Valley road. Stopping at Carmines Pizza in Netcong for a pepperoni pie hit the spot. Bill continued to take us via the road less traveled and showed us some nice old foundations and also some nice lake views.
Looking forward to the next one. Here are my pics.
Let’s try this again. We’ll ride the Rockaway-Wharton-Dover classic.
Let’s meet up at the Rockaway clock tower at the intersection of West Main and Maple at 5:45pm with a 6:00pm departure. We’ll ride a dozen easy miles.
Food and drinks at the Exchange after.
5 of us enjoyed the mild temps for a February ride. We were immediately treated to a marvelous view of Foxs Pond/Parks Lake as the lights were reflecting off the lake. We took it slow up the hills of Rockaway. You know the saying “what goes up…”, well Richard mine road is always a fun descent. The paths were a little tricky maneuvering with the ice/mud. Wharton rail trail was clear. We had a nice conversation with the attendant of Bill Young’s Service Center. I hope to see him at a future ride. On our way to the canal park, I saw something flapping in the road. It was a $5 bill! cha ching! We took a short break at the canal lock and decided to leave the way we came in due to challenging trails. Bill took us by Rocky’s Pasties. Too bad it was closed. We’ll have to revisit during business hours. Beer and grub was great at the Exchange. We quenched our thirst while discussing future rides while the band played some old Johnny Cash. Good times. See you next month. Ahhwoooooo!
Ride is cancelled due to poor weather and hazardous road conditions. Let’s reschedule for next week. I’ll repost.
How does the Rockaway-Wharton-Dover classic sound?
Let’s meet up at the Rockaway clock tower at the intersection of West Main and Maple at 5:45pm with a 6:00pm departure.
The weather is calliing for precipitation so bring your rain gear. It’s only a dozen miles. Food and drinks at the Exchange after.
Winter is here and it’s getting cold outside. You know what that means? It’s time to go bowling! How about we meet up at the Morristown Green fountain Saturday January 14th at 7:00pm. We’ll take a easy spin to the new bowling alley in Madison called Stryxe. Round trip distance will be aprox. 15 miles.
Anybody who brings a bowling ball will be treated to a free game.
If your lucky, you might even see some turkeys or maybe even a chicken.
The Birdman in his early years.
Well grab your shoes, and grab your balls And lets head to those heavenly halls Sit on down and grab a beer Because bowling time is pretty near Tortured men forget their pain When they head to the bowling lane
Let’s go bowling Let’s go bowling, got a
Let’s go bowling, for a free game Let’s go bowling Let’s go bowling, let’s go bowling Let’s do it now
Because wrestlemania’s fine by me Monster trucks are a sight to see A culture like that’s nice and all But there ain’t nothing better than a bowling ball You know the sport that God would choose Is the one with the three-tone leather-sole shoes.
Five of us braved the snow covered streets of Morristown for our yearly bowling ride. The Traction line was in better shape than some of the roads. We took a break by the tracks and discussed future ride ideas as the snow flurries continued to fall. When we arrived to Strykes, there was a long waiting list so we went to their bar and restaurant. It was a little fancy for our taste. Larry was typically late and met us at the lanes. Bowling was fun as usual. This years winner was Bill with a whopping 108. The lanes seemed to lack oil which resulted in an even more hook(all the way into the gutter) The ride back was interesting passing drunk bar hoppers as they scream words of encouragement to us. We just howled back. I needed it because I was beat. Until next time. Awwwwooooooooo!
Join me for a 12 mile ride that will feature the famous holiday lights of “The Rockaway House”.
The mind-boggling lights display at “that house in Rockaway” has a special touch—a desk in the front yard where kids can write their very own letters to Santa. And, while they’re there, they can watch their wishes travel to Santa’s sleigh up on the rooftop.
Meet up at the Denville clock tower at 6:45pm with kickstands up at 7:00pm sharp.
Distance is 12 miles.
No drop ride.
Terrain: Paved roads. Some gentle hills in the Rockaway area.
Bring headlights and flashing rear lights for your bike. Holidays bike lights are optional.
After ride food and drinks at Thatcher McGhee’s.
We had 5 of us brave the 20 degree temps to check out the holiday lights of Rockaway. The hills quickly warmed us up (the jerky stop might have also contributed to the warming up) The lights were a sight. Great food and company at Thatchers. I also am putting up pics and a video. https://youtu.be/EiQMo-lW6F0
This year will be the 5th year of the Bicycle/Beer Ride.
Our route will take us through the Rockaway Valley where we might get lucky and see some llamas.
Fayson lakes is also a nice treat with beautiful views of fall foliage reflecting off the Butler reservoir..
The destination will be the High Point Brewery (14 miles one way).
We’ll enjoy samples of their seasonal Winter Wheat beer. Brewery opens at 2 and there will be a tour starting at 3pm.
After we sample and then load up with beer (I’m talking about loading up the panniers ;), we’ll cycle back with more beautiful views of the Boonton Reservoirs and Pyramid Mountain.
This will be a casual pace and a no drop ride. I will offer some challenges to anybody who wants a workout. They do not sell food but in the past there have been food vendors. Also, there is a main street in town where you can most likely find something to munch on.
Maybe bring some snacks to keep you fueled.
This is an open event, so please share it with anybody that might be interested.
Great ride. Here are some pics.
It’s time for another Weird New Jersey adventure.
Our destination will be The Devils Tomb.
We’ll cycle on some of my favorite roads in the area. Highlights of the route will be: cycling by numerous farms along the route. Pretty Ravine Lake. Jockey Hollow soldiers huts. Woodsy areas with babbling brooks are also on the agenda.
This ride will start and finish at the Morristown Green fountain.
We will meet up at 11:45am and leave at Noon sharp.
Ride stats: No-drop ride will approx. 30 miles.
Terrain: Hilly to downright mountainous in places.
Even though it’s a no drop ride at a social pace, I suggest you ride only if you can handle the hilly distance. There will be many stops and picture opportunities along the way.
After the ride, there are many great food and drink options available.
Bring your camera and sense of adventure.
We had perfect 65 degree weather for our ride. Four of us ventured out to see the Devils Tomb. The ride itself was probably more scary than the tomb itself. It was downright hilly. The pretty back roads and colors of fall made up for it. I think we should do this ride in all seasons. Here are some pics.