May, 17 2011Werewolf Ride – MOVED TO SUNDAY MAY 22

6 May

Its a Denville edition.   How about 7:30pm at the town clock tower.  If the wolves feel fresh, we will make this the longest adventure yet.  Eat a big snack in Denville and we’ll spin for about 20 miles.  We’ll spin into the valley and cut up Split Rock, around to Lake Denmark and down into Rockaway for food and refreshments.   Hills and dirt roads.  Bring food, water & lights for a few hours of dark back roads.

Pre-ride update:  My friend and I went out to check out the roads.  Once out of town, the roadways are very dark and very secluded.  Much of the gravel road sections have fresh sometimes deep pea gravel and some serious bumps have been carved into the road I presume to slow down auto traffic.  Its a pretty bumpy ride from the bumps! and the fresh gravel may cause skinny tires to wash out.    Skinny 23mm tires will not be ideal for this ride, bring your mt. bike if you’re unsure.    My friend and I had fun and felt safe on cushy 32mm and 36mm slick road tires.  The gravel sections dont amount to more than about 2 miles but in these dark hills at night and in the predicted rain they will be very ‘adventurous’.   All in all, its a tough course, a bit tougher than I’d like these werewolf rides to be, but lets give it our best.   Remember to bring plenty of water and snacks.  Instant lifetime membership to all wolves who ride!

UPDATE:  Ride is rescheduled for Sunday May 22nd, 7:30 due to nasty rains & chance of t-storms


The May Full Moon Adventure Ride was a blast. The weather was perfectly spooky. Rain threatened all day but Ma Nature only let out a few spits. 4 newbies and 2 lifetime members set out and finished the tougher than usual edition of the werewolf ride. The route  had not a shabby amount of climbing of about 1,000′ between miles 5 and 15. Split Rock Road had a nice long climb with farms, sheep, nice old homes and some interesting rock sculptures along the way. After more miles of steep uphill dirt road climbing, Bill led us to a nice old trackless railroad bed that fit perfectly into our planned route. The rail trail was through the woods, generally unimproved and quite rough. We cranked over roots, rocks, mud, a small stream that jumped its banks and through long DEEP puddles. Our headlights carved a tunnel of light through the dark foggy night and with wet feet and mud splashed clothes we howled and cruised to Lake Denmark stopping a couple of times to patch a snake bitten tube. The pavement started trending downhill into Rockaway as we passed a lot of buildings and gates for Picatinny Arsenal. We passed Snake Hill Rd., leaving it to be explored another night and cruised easy back down into Denville. We had fun. I’d be surprised if more than a dozen cars passed us out there, this route was really light on other traffic.

I think every 6 months or so, the werewolves will bare their teeth and we will go on a Super Adventure Ride where the route will really challenge rider and machine. Thanks for riding!

Early Denville settler John Hinchman claimed that the elders of the area told him that both the names of Denbrook and Denville referred to a “den” of wild animals located along the Denbrook and Rockaway River.  source Vito Bianco. History and Facts. Early History of Denville, New Jersey.


17 Responses to “May, 17 2011Werewolf Ride – MOVED TO SUNDAY MAY 22”

  1. Peter May 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    I will be away that week on vacation:( It sounds like an awesome ride.

  2. Bill May 8, 2011 at 5:30 am #

    I’d like to finally make one of these rides. I don’t have a tail light but I just got a Magicshine 808 and have 2 AA LED Mini Maglights for back ups. I’m thinking the mountain bike would be the one to bring.

    • dean May 9, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

      I have an extra taillight I can loan ya.

      • Bill May 10, 2011 at 1:39 am #

        I ordered a Knog Skink from ebay for $13.05 delivered and it should be here in a few days.


  3. Bill May 8, 2011 at 5:56 am #

    Would my mountain bike be the one to bring or my road bike?

  4. dean May 9, 2011 at 2:28 am #

    either will do. i’m riding a fat tired road bike. iirc, the gravel roads are in good shape and not too long.

  5. Luke May 10, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    Hi Guys,

    After finding this blog over the winter, I’m thinking of running a full moon MTB ride in my city. May 17th is confusing me though. The moon will rise around 9PM and set around 5AM. The full moon is at 7:09AM on the 17th, so does that mean that the moon will be fuller on the night of the 16th than it will on the night of the 17th? Maybe 7:09AM is when the full moon occurs on the night of the 17th, in which case it actually happens on the 18th.

    I’m probably overthinking this lol. If I wanted to ride as close to the full moon time as possible, I would have to ride early in the morning, but I’m not sure which morning . . .

    Thanks for any insight!


    • dean May 13, 2011 at 2:48 am #

      luke, great question. i need to do some research and think on that!

      • Luke May 13, 2011 at 9:13 am #

        Thanks! I was wondering . . .

  6. dean May 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    Hi all, check out the updated posting. Thanks

  7. dean May 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    UPDATE: Ride is rescheduled for Sunday May 22nd, 7:30 due to nasty rains & chance of t-storms

    • Bill May 18, 2011 at 3:37 am #

      Good thing I checked my e-mail but I went out anyway and took the trails to Rockaway Boro from Lake Telemark, alot of water.

      • DEAN May 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

        hope to see ya sunday.

  8. Peter May 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    I should be back in time for the rescheduled ride. See ya then.

    • DEAN May 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm #


  9. Peter May 23, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    I had a blast on our ride. It’s been a few years since I’ve done any dirt/mud riding(First time at night). Kinda wish we got a chance to look at the Ford-Faesch House a little bit, but I guess with all the flat fixin, It was best to just ride. See ya on the next Full Moon wherever it may bring us.

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