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It's that time of year again...(Ride Report)(17 posts)

It's that time of year again...(Ride Report)biknben
Nov 30, 2003 6:26 PM
The leaves drop...The mercury drops...and my riding buds drop off the face of the Earth. Those pansies are all sweating on their trainers. "JoeyPmtb" said no thanks to a road ride. I was able to convince him to go MTBing. It's a little easier to stay warm while in the woods.

We headed to Hartshorne Park near Sandy Hook, NJ. It's not all that big but it has twisty, hardpacked trails with constantly changing elevation. In other words, it's like a roller coaster that you control. Throw in some downed trees, roots, and some drops to keep you on your toes.

Switchbacks on the road are nice...but they are better on dirt.
Scenic shot...biknben
Nov 30, 2003 6:33 PM
This place happens to be right on the Atlantic. No palm trees or sunning babes in my ocean pictures.

Pic looks across the bay, over a barrier island, and out out into the ocean just south of Sandy Hook. That square blob out there is a cargo ship.
Road content...biknben
Nov 30, 2003 6:38 PM
The park is a little small. We did a loop in under an hour. Rather than just go back for another we rode to another park nearby. Huber Woods is only a couple miles away. It's not as much fun but it will add to the ride.

I could hear Joe's teeth chatter as we head into the wind.
Typical MTB pic...biknben
Nov 30, 2003 6:42 PM
It's not a MTB ride if you don't go over a few logs.
More road content...biknben
Nov 30, 2003 6:44 PM
On the way back, the view from my fork.
My kinda' Winter ride!Tig
Nov 30, 2003 7:06 PM
Winter is my favorite time to ride MTB, even if our Texas Winters are mild. It's nice to get out of the wind and into the trees. Here, the spiders, poison ivy, and mosquitoes disappear when it cools down.

Your trails look like fun. My wife used to live in So. Jersey in Pennsville (Delaware River side). I've never ridden there though.

Nice report. I'll be riding MTB Monday on a demo Giant NRS. I think it will be my next bike. Riding in the parks during weekdays makes for a quiet, peaceful ride.
Same here...biknben
Nov 30, 2003 7:20 PM
No bugs!!! I hate bugs!!!

This park is also really popular with the locals. It borders dense residential areas. Tons of dog walkers, trail runners and random hikers. I don't even bother riding there on a summer weekend. Today there were more bikers than all others combined.
I'd post on MTBR but...biknben
Nov 30, 2003 6:56 PM
The guys on MTBR would laugh at my "roadie" helmet and spandex. They also make home videos, mixed to music, for their ride reports. My random shots would not impress them.

Parting shot of Joe.
Nah, you'd be fine over there.....scrublover
Nov 30, 2003 10:16 PM
esp. if you post it on the "Passion" board. Ahem. I'm more of a lurker here, crossing over from there......

Sweet pics; looks like a nice ride.

Yeah, there are a few @ssholes over there, but don't let that stop ya. Most of them (us) are pretty nice!

nice ride...home videos mixed to music? wow...rwbadley
Nov 30, 2003 10:21 PM
I thought I was stepping into tomorrowland just having the digicam
Nah, I ripped that visor off my helmet years ago....litespeedchick
Dec 1, 2003 6:53 AM
mtb-ers need to see where they're going too.
I love that left-turn switchback !HouseMoney
Dec 1, 2003 6:29 AM
Unless I'm mistaken, you're approaching the left turn, downhill switchback on the Rocky Point trail that leads out to the Navesink.

With the rain we had on Thurs & Fri, I figured Chimney Rock &/or Round Valley would've been too muddy. Rode Hartshorne 2 wks ago, but didn't feel like making the 1 hr trip. Unlike you, I opted for a garage ride on my indoor trainer. I found out yesterday that my LBS's Saturday a.m. road ride went off as scheduled.
You are correct...biknben
Dec 1, 2003 6:50 AM
Yes, that is the same switchback.

With Friday's rain, I decided to go to Allaire S.P. on Saturday and Hartshorne on Sunday. Becuase they are so sandy, they are good places to ride after heavy rain. Chimney "Slop" would have been a disaster, IMO.
I haven't ridden there in ages...cmgauch
Dec 1, 2003 8:53 AM
...thanks for the trip down memory lane. Allaire, Hartshorne - it has been a long time since I've ridden either one.

The mtn bike can't be beat in the winter months, eh? The other trail users tend to stay inside, and as you observed: no bugs. I figured the Cannonball would be a mess so I laid down 35 mi on the fixed gear.
Ahhhh, Cannonball....biknben
Dec 1, 2003 9:11 AM
You let me know the next time you are headed to Cannonball trail. I occasionally do an epic that starts in Pompton Lakes, goes to Shepard's Lake and back. I'm thinking about doing it again in the next few weeks. I'll page you if it becomes a reality.
Epic is right - sounds good to me.cmgauch
Dec 1, 2003 9:59 AM
Thanks for the invite. You're talking about starting by the soccer field, right? Epic mtn rides like that are too few & far between, I'd love to join you if possible.

Hopefully you're not eyeing up the 13th or 14th, both of those are shot for me. I think the 7th, 20th, 21st & 27th all look do-able as of now. I also have 6 days to use up before year-end if you end up shooting for a weekday.

- Chris
I'll let you know...biknben
Dec 1, 2003 10:25 AM
I was thinking of the soccer field in Pompton. I sometimes start at the bottom of Skyline Dr. I'll check the wife's calendar and get back to you.