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Any East Coast (NY-NJ) riders know a good shore route?(11 posts)

Any East Coast (NY-NJ) riders know a good shore route?jose_Tex_mex
Aug 14, 2002 11:04 AM
Thanks for any help.

I would like to get down to Jersey shore points from the Ft Lee or even meadowlands area. I would like to find a route whereby I will not be a mere target. Does anyone have any suggestions - routes, links, etc
The Tour de Shore used route 561, but try.....tronracer
Aug 14, 2002 11:30 AM
http://www.adventurecycling.org/
Good Luck...biknben
Aug 14, 2002 5:37 PM
You are talking about, argueably, the most populated area of the country. You'd have to pass through places like Weehawken, Bayonne, Jersey City, Newark, Perth Amboy, and Sayerville. To most people they are cities by themselves and they certainly aren't bike friendly.

If you just have to ride the Jersey shore, travel south to Sandy Hook (the Northernmost beach) and start your ride.

If you're looking for another idea, there are great rides north of Fort Lee.
How about Route 202?jose_Tex_mex
Aug 14, 2002 5:49 PM
I could get to Rt202 in Lincoln Park - I heard this goes to Princeton and is not a bad ride. I would like to be able to get to Seaside.

I could avoid most of the other towns, however, Perth Amboy and Sayerville would be tough to get around.
Route 202 to 206...biknben
Aug 15, 2002 6:18 AM
Man, you just gotta see the shore don't you. Route 202 will be far better than what you'd deal with from the Meadowlands or Fort Lee. It's still isn't great.

Route 202 heads South from Linoln park. It parallels Intersate 287 for a while. It eventually joins 206 for about 7 miles. This is where things get ugly. After it crosses 287 for the last time, it is literally a highway for 2 miles. When 202/206 splits you take 206 to Princeton. That ride wouldn't be bad. 206 is heavily trafficed but it has a descent shoulder.

Keep in mind that Princeton is no where near Seaside. County Route 571 will take you out of Princeton and be the most direct route to Seaside. You eventually have to get on Route 37 (highway with heavy traffic) and go over the bridge to Seaside.

I did a quick check on TopoUSA and that route is over 100 miles one way. Some stretches of road will get ugly, especially before you split towards Princeton. But if you're used to riding in NYC this may all just be a walk in the park for you.

Good luck again.
How about 202 North - does it go to Skyline Drive?jose_Tex_mex
Aug 15, 2002 7:32 AM
Thanks for the help. I just might try out one of the shore routes in the fall.

As for now, I think I will head north. I have been doing a few loops from the GWB to Bear Mountain and back and really enjoy it. I would like to find out if Rt 202 intersects Skyline drive. Thus, I would be able to cycle from Lincoln Park - Greenwood Lake - 7 lakes drive and then Bear Mountain. I heard Skyline Drive has a 14% grade - must do.
More answers...biknben
Aug 15, 2002 10:07 AM
I grew up just miles from there. They just repaved the Bergen County side. It is sweet.

I regularly do loops that include Greenwood Lake (over 17A), Seven Lakes Drive, Bear Mtn., and Skyline drive.

Skyline drive is just off Route 202. If heading North on 202, you make a left onto West Oakland Ave. in Oakland. It's just after a RR crossing and before Rt 287. That road ends at a light at the base of Skyline Dr. The "Drive" is shorter and steeper on the Oakland side. It peaks at 17% for short stretches but it is 8% from bottum to top (560ft/1.25 miles).

Drop me a line at biknben@optonline.net if you would like to know more.
WILCOjose_Tex_mex
Aug 15, 2002 10:50 AM
Once this weather breaks I will be doing that route with a few friends - I'll drop you an email if you want to jump in.

Also, have you ever done the GWB - Nyack ride? I recommend it - lot's of cyclists. You could always continue onto Bear Mountain and come back via seven lakes drive.

Thanks again.
Thanks...I'm interested...biknben
Aug 15, 2002 11:13 AM
I have not done GWB to Bear mtn. Have thought about it though. I've always been skeptical about how 9W is going out of NJ. I'd be happy to join you.
Try ADA for Coast The Coast Routemerckxman
Aug 15, 2002 6:06 AM
The American Diabetes Assoc runs a (2 day) 170 mile ride from Sandy Hook to Cape May. Maybe they can give you route info. From Cape May you can grab a ferry and go on to Delaware.
I meant MS!merckxman
Aug 15, 2002 12:37 PM
The Coast the Coast ride is an MS ride, not ADA. Oops.