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New Year's Day ride

Copied info from Rick's post below:

"New Year's Day Ride hosted by Wharton State Forest along with a few of us from the local JORBA crew (pretty sure i'll be there). It is supposed to be at an easy pace and around 6-10 miles. Last year was a small turnout and we opted to knock out the 8 mile blue loop. If i go i may head back out after the official ride.  Wharton ride starts out of the back corner of the Batsto Village parking lot at 10:30AM. The vehicles with bike racks should make it evident. Not sure if that timing will be sharp this year. Last year we had to replace a tube on the naturalists bike before we even headed out."


See you all there! Happy New Year!

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  • JillMarie

    Great fun. We had 5 from the meetup but 10 people (but only 9 bikes) in the whole group. It was nice meeting Steve and Mark and hope to ride with them both again!

    1 · January 1, 2014

  • Steve K.

    So glad I went, smooth trail system. Very good time

    January 1, 2014

  • MARK S

    very nice ride, perfect pace, perfect distance and very nice people

    1 · January 1, 2014

  • Steve K.

    looking forward to checking this place out. Is it similar to Brendan T Byrne forest ?

    December 30, 2013

    • Rick

      Never really explored Byrne, but in terms of soil i would say yes, similar. This time of year things will be pretty firm with some sand in corners. It consists of a kind of rolling terrain, but overall the elevation change isn't that much. One change would be that the trails were purpose cut for mountain bike with switchbacks, flowy turns, and sections that are tight and twisty. Not a majorly challenging ride, but can still be fine and capable of putting together a long ride. Longest single loop of trail is the orange at 18 or so miles.

      December 30, 2013

  • Rick

    Dont want to be a buzzkill or anything, but just thought that i should mention that since this ride is joined with or at least overlaps the time the parks ride is taking place it may not be the best time for trail dogs. Just looking to avoid any issues that could arise being the park's naturalist will be along and don't want to put him in an awkward spot with having to enforce the leash rules. I only mention this because of the official nature of the ride, as otherwise i am not bothered in the least and am training a trail dog as well. Sorry Denny, no offense intended.

    December 29, 2013

    • JillMarie

      Everyone knows I love trail doggies too, but since we are going to be tagging along with an "official" ride, you are right. Maybe doggies stay home this time :(

      December 30, 2013

  • Mike R.

    Later time than normal accommodates New Year's Eve festivities. Flatness of Wharton accommodates New Year's Eve as well. Are you going to post the date and location?

    1 · December 26, 2013

  • Rick

    Had already mentioned to JillMarie earlier, but will share with the group, there is going to a New Year's Day Ride hosted by Wharton State Forest along with a few of us from the local JORBA crew (pretty sure i'll be there). It is supposed to be at an easy pace and around 6-10 miles. Last year was a small turnout and we opted to knock out the 8 mile blue loop. If i go i may head back out after the official ride. The SJ wheelmen are also hosting a similar, but somewhat more difficult ride at Belleplain.

    Wharton ride starts out of the back corner of the Batsto Village parking lot at 10:30AM. The vehicles with bike racks should make it evident. Not sure if that timing will be sharp this year. Last year we had to replace a tube on the naturalists bike before we even headed out.

    More details on the DEP site here.
    http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/first_day_hikes.html

    Wharton MTB trail info here.
    http://jorba.org/wharton

    December 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am all for a New Years Eve ride. I'm new to the group so I would love to get to know everyone!

    December 26, 2013

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