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July 16th, 2018 Werewolf Ride. Fireworks Edition.

8 Jul

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It’s that time of year again. If you haven’t  had your fill of fireworks this year, you should 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 fountain on Monday , July 16th at 7:45 with kickstands up at 8pm.  The planned route will go through some very nice back roads of the Great Swamp (13 miles one way).

On arrival, we will WALK OUR BIKES together as a group and pay the admission together at the main entry gate.  $15/person.

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.  Expect to finish at the Green around 1:30am.

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.

Note:  This is also a BikeWalkTown event.  As usual, all rules of the road must be followed.

Bring lights and let’s ride safely.   Renegade cycling is frowned upon!

 

Bird is the word.

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June 30, 2018 Werewolf Ride

28 Jun

Hey, Gang.  Lets meet at Denville Clocktower about 8:30pm for a ride.  Perhaps we will do the SuperWolf in reverse and check out the overlook.  There are fireworks in Montville we may be able to peep from up there.

Hope to see ya!

…Dogman & J-Rad killed the SuperWolf Classic counter clockwise in 3 hours flat.  Riding at night always feels fast and we really pushed the pace and did the loop along with a hike a bike up to Hawkwatch to catch some fireworks and the red moonrise:

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May 27, 2018 – Three Native American Rock Shelters ride/hike

21 May

Let meet up 5/27 at 8pm in Grace Lord Park near the gazebo in Boonton. We usually blast through this park on bikes, this time lets hike it in the daylight and get up close & personal with shelter #1 Washington Rock (aka Indian Rock), its HUGE!

Next stop is in Parsippany at Rock House, shelter #2. I’ve never been here, looks like a short hike from the road.  Think we can find the petroglyphs?

Last stop is probably the most hidden and tough to find any info on, I was clued into this one by another lifetime member….   #3 Roc Etam in Denville

Wear walking shoes & a bring a flashlight, maybe some bug spray.   Bike lights are a must.  It’s about a 25 mile loop.  I will loop back to Boonton, but you may want to treat this as a point to point ride if it is more convenient for you.

Hope to see ya!

Twin Elephant Bike Ride. May 12th, 2018.

1 May

If there’s an elephant in the room, it’s because I brought one. If there are 2 elephants in the room, it’s because you’re at the Twin Elephant Brewery.
I don’t always drink beer, but when I do I…. Who am I kidding? I’m always drinking beer. Anytime, anywhere, any brand, any style. But what I do prefer is riding my bike to the local brewery and sampling their latest beer on tap. I am the most interesting man in the world!

Join me for a bike ride to the Twin Elephant Brewery Saturday May 12th, 2018.

The brewery does not serve food so I recommend bringing your own. There are also menus of local eateries at the brewery that deliver.

Meet up at Early Street Community Garden at 10:00am. They are having their Grand Opening and Plant sale. We will Leave the garden at 11:00am sharp.
17 Early St, Morristown, NJ 07960

Ride Stats:
Distance is 9 miles each way.
No drop ride. Easy pace. 10-12 mph.
Terrain: Mostly flat with a couple of short climbs.
Heavy rain cancels ride.
After the brewery, I will be riding my bike back to Morristown. Some may wish to arrange for a ride or look into taking the train.

Stay thirsty mis amigos.

The Birdman

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April 28-29, 2018. Bike Camping time!!!!

11 Apr

Pack up your panniers, batten down your baskets, stuff your bike-packing™ bags.  It’s been a long winter!!  Lets spin to Stephens State Park in Hackettstown to our reserved camp site.  Meet at Denville clocktower, ready to roll at 1pm on a great twenty-eight mile mixed terrain ride.  About ¼ offroad on well maintained paths with the remainder on mostly quiet roads.  Leisurely paced ride with regroups.  Bring some bucks for the site.  Food to share is cool!  Tons of options for food & refreshments in town a couple miles from camp.  Heavy steady rain cancels.  So psyched for this!! Adventure awaits!!!

Update!:

What a nice time!   Wonderful company, fun riding on great roads and paths.  The weather was pretty nice.   Thanks for joining me on this fun trip, I look forward to the next one!

A few times conversation turned to Bicycle Quarterly’s influence… cyclotouring off the beaten path, front loads and fast fat tires. Here are some nice lines that for me conjure the essence of these fun trips:

“…this road is the gate to a hidden world that we are allowed to visit now and then. It’s a place where you live in the moment, where there are no obligations except to those to your companions, where all that counts is a bike that works and legs that can pedal.  The complexities and responsibilities of our daily lives are stripped down to an almost primal existence for a few days.  When we return, we are recharged for our daily lives.  Yet in idle moments, our minds wander to distant roads and glorious views.”

Heine, Jan. “Bike Test J.P. Weigle Randonneur” Bicycle Quarterly, Issue 50,  22-36. Print

March 31, 2018 Werewolf Ride

27 Mar

Lets spin into spring, away from those winter doldrums. Saturday, March 31st, if Ma Nature cooperates, lets meet at Denville Clocktower at 8pm for a ride.  Hoping to see ya during the full sap moon!

March 2, 2018 Werewolf Ride

21 Feb

Friday, March 2nd, meet about 7pm at my house. I’ll have some beer a couple pizzas and a fire.  We’ll go for a great ride in the surrounding hills.  Spring fever is running high!  Lets share some fun bike trip ideas for this year.  I definitely have some harebrained ideas you guys will probably like.  8 West Rd, Boonton Township.