July 16th, 2015 Werewolf Ride. Fireworks Edition.

4 Jul
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It’s that time of year again. If you haven’t already had your fill of fireworks this year, you must join me for a ride to see the best!
We will be taking a bike ride to the Berkeley Heights Firework. Let’s meet up at the Morristown Green on Thursday, July 16th at 7:45 with kickstands up at 8pm. The planned route will go through some very nice backroads of the Great Swamp (13 miles one way).
We will arrive at approximately 9pm, which gives us plenty of time to chow down on some greasy carnival food, visit the beer tent for a pint or two, and even take a ride on the tilt-a-whirl. Fireworks start at 11pm and last almost an hour.
On the ride back, we will have the Swamp roads all to ourselves. I’m not promoting this, but when we return to the Green, some of the wild wolves have been known to take a dip in the fountain to cool off.

Even though it’s summer, I think this is the coolest ride of the year, so don’t miss it :)

Bird is the word.

July 1st, 2015 Werewolf Ride.

29 Jun

There are 2 full moons in the month of July this year and I have 3 rides planned. It’s been a while since we’ve done the Rockaway-Wharton-Dover classic. Let’s meet up at the Rockaway clock tower at the intersection of West Main and Maple at 7:45pm with a 8:00pm departure. We’ll ride about a dozen fun miles through these old iron towns. We can stop by Table 42 where there is an open mic. It would be great to get a nice cold one and cheer on lifetime member Mari Byrd for a few songs. We have an after ride option of hitting The Exchange.

Save the date. July 16th are the Berkley Heights fireworks. I’ll post details soon.
July 31st is also a full moon. Awwwooooo!!!

The Birdman.

Recap: I had three wolves (all lifetime members) join me for what turned out to be a perfect night of riding. Richard Mine Rd. is always a favorite decent. There was some interesting graffiti painted under the Rt 15 bridge. We made it to the Morris Canal just as it was getting dark. Stopped at Table 42 in Dover for a few tunes at their open mic. Finished up at the Exchange in Rockaway. Here are a few pics.
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June 6th, 2015. Werewolf Weird New Jersey Ride.  Morris Plains Edition.  Bring your hiking shoes!

30 May

Back by popular demand, this months ride will visit Greystone Psychiatric Hospital.   It’s going to be demolished so we may not get many more chances to see it.

Let’s meet up in front of Arthur’s Tavern in Morris Plains and plan for a 7:00 pm departure.

On the first leg of the route we’ll warm up on the flats of Morris Plains and pay a visit to some weird and unique lawn ornaments.  The Morris Plains Bear will be the first stop.  This lawn decoration is usually dressed up according to the holiday.

The next stop will be a little bit scarier.   “The Grim Reaper” will welcome us.  This lawn ornament has been here for many years and also made the pages of Weird NJ magazine.

The featured stop will be the Kirkbridge Building.  Bring a camera; it may be one of the last times we get to see it.

You will also need to bring your climbing legs.  The last stop will be the 300 Steps.  We’ll lock up the bikes and take a short hike up this mountain.

The ride back to town is all downhill.  After ride food/drinks at Collins Pub.

Ride stats:  This ride will be aprox. 10 miles.  The first leg will be fairly flat.  Going to Greystone will climb gradually.  Going to the 300 steps will be mostly up.  All roads are paved.  This is a no drop ride with many stops.

Bring lights and your sense of adventure.

The Birdman.

Ride recap:

I think the Weird NJ theme rides are a hit.  Eight of us showed up for the ride and were not disapointed.   Here are some pics of the ride.  See you next ride.

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MAY 16TH BIKES BANDS BEER 2015

14 May

Come join the party. Details here.

I will be leading a short pre party bike ride. Meet up at Morristown Green fountain at 3:45pm.

May 2nd, 2015. Werewolf Weird New Jersey Ride.

14 Apr

This months ride will have a Weird New Jersey theme to it.  We’ll explore the urban legend of “ The Hookerman Lights”.

Let’s meet up at the town clock in Chester  at 7:15pm with kickstands up at 7:30pm  (Town clock is across the street from the Pubick House and next to the fire department)  Saturday May, 2nd.

As we ride off into the sunset, we’ll cycle past a spooky cemetery that has some old headstones worth checking out.  From there, it will be a nice downhill on quiet back roads to the areas where the Hookerman Lights have been reported.

We’ll then take a ride along the Columbia Trail and make a pit stop at The Long Valley Brewpub.  We can enjoy some of their great beers/food while discussing our own sightings.  I personally want to try their Hookerman Light.

We’ll have a chance to burn off some of those calories on the way back to Chester. There will be a few climbs to get our blood flowing.  When we finish up our ride, we can visit the Publick House for last call.  It has also been mentioned in Weird NJ and it has history of being haunted.

Ride stats:  This ride will be approx. 15 miles.  The first half will be mostly downhill to flat getting to the tracks.  The Columbia trail is flat and has a stone dust surface with some small stones as well.  Skinny tire bikes should use caution.  After the Brewpub, we will have some hills to climb to get back to Chester.  This is a no drop ride with many stops.

Bring lights and your sense of adventure.

The Birdman

Recap: Eleven brave riders showed up to search for the Hookerman Lights.  While we did not see the Hookerman, we did get some cool pictures of the area with some creepy orbs.  Maybe it was the Hookerman after all!?!?  I’ll let you decide.

We had such a good time at the brew pub, we lost track of time.  It was midnight when we returned back to Chester leaving us no time to visit the Publick.  Looks like we may have to plan another ride in this area in the future.

Thanks to everyone who came out.  Until next time.  AWwwooooooo!

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April 1st, 2015 Werewolf Bike n Hike

17 Mar

For this months Werewolf ride, let’s do a Bike n Hike.  Lifetime member Douglas V. will be leading a full moon hike at Pyramid Mountain. Let’s meet up at the Denville clock tower at 5:45pm with kickstands up at 6pm.  We will ride aprox. 8 miles with one challenging hill.  Bring lights and hiking shoes.  Here are the hike details.

Wednesday, April 1

Full Moon Hike: Moderate

Ages 16 & Up.

Join a hike to view the first full moon of the spring, whether you call it the Sprouting-Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, or the Fish Moon. Watch the sun set and the full moon rise from the Pyramid Mountain. ridge top. Flashlights welcome.

Time: 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Location: Pyramid Mountain.

Cost: $5 per person.

Call to register at 973-334-3130.

The Birdman.

Recap:

Another amazing ride was had.  As we were waiting by the clock tower, we were entertained with magic tricks and card tricks by James.  It was then kickstands up and five of us  started out on the ride. Within the first mile, we were greeted by “The Dogman”.  It was great riding with ya buddy!  The ride warmed us up nicely for our hike.  Douglas led us on another grand hike of Pyramid Mountain.  We had some spectacular views of the moon reflecting on the reservoir.  We then did some climbing and worked up a sweat.  Tripod Rock was a welcomed place to rest.  The sun had set but the moon gave us plenty of light to see where we were going.  We did not hear the peepers on this hike but instead heard the howls of coyotes in the distance.  Getting back to the visitors center, we thanked our guide for the wonderful hike and departed back to Denville.  The ride back was a little chilly but still much milder than the past few months.  We twisted each others arms to stop at Thatcher McGhee’s for a beer and some good eats.   Here are a few pics from the ride.  Til next time.

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Back to Back Werewolf. Friday March 6th and Saturday March 7th.

16 Feb

I will be leading a short ride Friday night  March 6th to the  Minstrel acoustic concert series to see Jean Rohe and the End Of The World Show with The Lords of Liechtenstein on Friday, March 6th.

Admission: $9 on your way in plus the balance of what you
think the show was really worth on your way out. All tickets are at the
door.
There are no advance sales or reservations. Show starts at 8:00 pm.

Let’s meet at the Morristown Green Fountain at 7pm with kickstands up at 7:10pm. The ride is approximately 2 ½ miles one way. Don’t forget to bring lights.  This info is also on Meetup.  Sign up for Bike and Walk Morristown if you havn’t already.

Saturday night March 7th, Let’s meet up at the Green at 7pm and ride the Morristown Classic.  We’ll ride Patriot’s path if it’s clear.

After ride food and drinks at Hops.

 

Birdman

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