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Played Hookie yesterday...(mid-week ride report)(11 posts)

Played Hookie yesterday...(mid-week ride report)biknben
Sep 18, 2003 6:52 AM
I've been fighting a cold since a rainy Labor Day weekend. By the end of each week it diminishes only to return after a weekend race. This week I was especially bumming after a less than anticipated placing in Sunday's race. I was dead on Monday. I was in need a fun ride. I played up the cold symptoms a little on Tuesday and called in sick on Wednesday.

I went up to North Jersey to scout some roads for the upcoming RBR gathering on Oct. 5th (hint, hint...reminder). I had a loop in mind but some of the roads I've never been on. I was also undecided about which way to do the loop. No better way to find out than to just ride them, right?

I started in Wanaque and headed towards the NY border. I was pleased to find some new asphalt along the way. Nearly all my rides in this area do a warmup climb towards Monkville Dam in Ringwood. This dam and I have history together (long story).

I stopped half-way across to take this pic.

re: Played Hookie yesterday...(mid-week ride report)biknben
Sep 18, 2003 6:55 AM
I'm out of Jersey in less than an hour and make my way towards Harriman S.P. I found this sign interesting when entering the park. I'm 100% pro-helmet but have mixed feeling about signs requiring it.

This is where my experimentation started. My intent was to go across the park rather than follow it's longer route. I wanted to get to the Hudson River. Hariman has a number of lakes which are popular during the summer months.

I made my way down into the Hudson Valley. I was disappointed to find lousy pavement and boring roads on the way down. I won't bother to include these in the RBR route. I eventually made my way down to the river and cruised North on Rt. 9w. This road is very popular with the NYC riders but I've only been on it once before. I took it all the way up to the Bear Mtn. Bridge.

re: Played Hookie yesterday...(mid-week ride report)biknben
Sep 18, 2003 6:57 AM
From there I got a good view of my next destination, Bear Mtn.

I refilled the bottles and headed up. I stopped at a break in the treeline to get some bike porn.

Further up, I get a much different view of the bridge.

Once at the top, I am rewarded with a view of two people having sex on some rocks. That was a nice surprise. This was not a shy girl. She didn't skip a beat as I went by. Sorry, I didn't have the camera ready for that one.

Lunch time!!! Ahh, lunch via vending machine. At the bottom of the climb I had a choice of soda & water, chips, or ice cream. At the top I had to pick between soda & water or candy. I went with the Snickers.

re: Played Hookie yesterday...(mid-week ride report)biknben
Sep 18, 2003 6:59 AM
I was now on my way home. I really stretched the ride experimenting with the route. I had had a headwind all the way out so I was hoping for some relief on my return. On my way back, I went the long way through the park and did more experimenting. I found Welsch Parkway to be a nice detour. The pavement was awesome and only three cars passed me for about 30 minutes. Unfortunately, it doesn't go anyway of interest and had never-ending false flats and small rises. I caught up to this rider who seemed to enjoy the lack of traffic. I didn't slow down to ask why. I said hello, and went on my way.

From this point on I was getting seriously tired. I had done a good amount of climbing and wasn't feeling good to begin with. I had been out much longer than anticipated and it was time put the camera and maps away. The last hour was a slug-fest of a couple climbs and endless rollers. Not without a quick stop at Duncan Donuts though. :-)

All told, my sick day turned out pretty good. I decided on the RBR route. Did my second longest ride of the year (93 miles) and really cleared my head.
That Snickers Bar Looks Sad-->>ZenJones
Sep 18, 2003 7:07 AM
Scary looking Snickers! Lets hope it was the sunlight in the pic but that looks distinctly like doggy poo.

BTW, nice pics! :)
If poop tasted this good....biknben
Sep 18, 2003 7:22 AM
...the phrase "Eat Sh!t and die" would take on new meaning. The machine was refridgerated so it was nice and cold too. Yummmm
Images of Caddyshack going through my mind... nmnoveread
Sep 18, 2003 7:25 AM
I think that was a Baby Ruth but we get the idea. (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Sep 18, 2003 8:08 AM
re: Played Hookie yesterday...(mid-week ride report)cmgauch
Sep 18, 2003 7:34 AM
Glad you enjoyed yourself, that new pavement out by Monksville is wonderful, isn't it? Those Passaic cty taxpayers get what they pay for. Not so for guys like me in Essex.

Sadly, I won't be able to make the ride you're planning. My wife and I are doing a getaway weekend and have my bro all lined up to watch the kids. This will be only our 2nd one in 3+ years, & she'd toss my bikes right out if I tried to reschedule so I could ride.
I guess it's all relative...biknben
Sep 18, 2003 11:07 AM
Passaic Cnty doesn't do squat for the northern residents. They waited till the roads literally feel apart before doing any work. Now they pave a couple miles every year and put up those "Repaving Program" signs. Rt 511 is now rideable again up to Monksville. Beyond that is an absolute joke. I can't get to West Milford any more. There's only one "acceptable" road to Greenwood lake.

It may be better now but it's total BS that they let it get so bad. Passaic Cnty gets no praise from this former resident.
re: Played Hookie yesterday...(mid-week ride report)PEDDLEFOOT
Sep 18, 2003 8:04 AM
Looks like a great route.Wish I lived in the area so I could join.Have a great ride.