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NJ RBR Gathering Update...(5 posts)

NJ RBR Gathering Update...biknben
Aug 18, 2003 6:31 AM
Well, I got more responses than I anticipated. After a few responses on Friday I was content and set the date for Sept. Then the responses kept coming and I continued to get them via e-mail over the weekend. Three weeks notice was a little too short for many (which I understand) and people were asking me to push it off to the Oct. date. This isn't a bad idea anyway. There will be less traffic around Bear Mtn. The temps will be cooler and we may also get to enjoy some nice Fall colors. It gives me a little more time to choose the best roads for the route, too.

With that being said, I'm setting the NJ RBR gathering date for
i Sunday, Oct.5th.
This is far enough away that people haven't already made plans. It will also give those who have plans enough time to alter them if they really want to go.

I have a route in my head at this point. I do this ride a few times a year and would like to mix it up a little for my own enjoyment. I want to check a couple roads before I finalize the route. I envision the ride starting in Wanaque off of Route 287 (very easy to find and centrally located). The route will head North through Ringwood into the Sterling Forest area. Then we cross the Thruway into Harriman State Park. We'll use Seven Lakes Dr. to get to Bear Mtn. From there I'm thinking of heading South on 9W but turning to the West at some point and either go back to Harriman or going further South and then returning via Suffern and Route 202. The return route is what I want to check out before making a decision. I'll be choosing the most bike friendly option of course.

The ride will consist of rolling hills with a few small climbs mixed in. Bear Mtn. will be the toughest but there will be a couple more like it. Pace will be moderate. I won't be hammering but I prefer to keep things moving along. I will provide a que sheet and map for those who wish to go ahead or others who don't want to hold up the group. We'll stop as necessary for water, etc.

I hope everyone can make the date. We can always do another ride for those who can't make it. My apologies for making the NYC riders travel out of the city just to ride to Bear. Mtn. I promise you this route will be more enjoyable than just riding up and down 9W. If it's any consolation, it will take me over an hour to get to the start location because I live so far South.

Please reply so we can get a rough idea how many people may attend. A couple weeks before the ride I'll post a reminder here and ask everyone to contact me via e-mail so I can get everyone directions to the start, etc.

If you have a questions, feel free to e-mail me at

Hope to see you in October,
re: NJ RBR Gathering Update...twowheelMarc
Aug 18, 2003 6:43 AM
I'd love to come, but I don't think I'm a strong enough rider for that route yet. I'll see how the next month and a half goes.
Thanks and nice job so far!! See you there. (nm)newridr
Aug 18, 2003 6:48 AM
I'm stoked! Who's coming?CritLover
Aug 18, 2003 5:55 PM
C'mon people- this ride will cover the whole Tri-State area... let's see some faces out there!

And I wouldn't worry about the course since we're all on different levels. Geez, scary BiknBen did Mt. Washngton last month, so no one can keep up with him! Take it easy on us allright?
I am beginning to wonder about that myself...biknben
Aug 19, 2003 6:01 AM
I got a huge response on Friday. Today's thread fell to the bottom with barely a reply. What happened?

You and NewRider replied and I heard from KG361 and JL off-line. They are considering the trip from PA. I also heard from a couple lurkers too. I have a few friends who should be able to make it. We may get 5-10 riders total. That will work nicely.

Don't worry about the climbing. I felt it was my duty to mention the climbing so that everyone knows what they are getting into but it shouldn't be a problem. I don't want to see anyone "having to dig deep into their suitcase of courage" to get up any climbs. I would normally include Rt. 17a (near GReenwood Lake) and Skyline Dr. in this route. On the RBR ride, I'll just point them out as we go by. :-)

Something tells me that if I invited everyone on a "climbing death march with a guy who enjoys pain" I wouldn't have gotten many replies. Maybe next time?

Glad to hear you can make it.