Henry Hudson Drive (Palisades Interstate Park) - Royal Cliffs Diner (Englewood, NJ) Ride!

From: Garrett
Sent on: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 6:20 PM
Henry Hudson Dr - Royal Cliffs Dine?

What: Palisades Interstate Park's Henry Hudson Dr - Royal Cliffs Diner (Englewood, NJ) Ride!

When: April 3 SAT 10AM

Where: GWB Bus Terminal (Ft Washington Ave & W 178th St). Jersians can meet us on the Jersey side of the GWB bike/ped entrance 10:15AM

I'm in a training mode, so I'm going to hit the undulating hills of Palisades Interstate Park this Saturday. Anybody also in a hillbusting, I-need-get-out-of-NYC-for-a-day mood? We will ride over GWB and onto a beautiful, nearly car-free (most of the road should be closed to cars) Henry Hudson Dr, AKA River Road, beneath the cliffs of Palisades and along the Hudson River. We will take the River Road up to Alpine, NJ, then get on 9W down to Englewood to a roadside diner known for their cakes, pies, stews and soups. It will be a hilly, sometimes windy ride along the river and on top of the cliffs, but the scenery and serenity on Henry Hudson Dr will more than make up for the occasional acid buildup in your legs.

If you need to bail, you will need to ride back by yourself the same way we came, as there are only two bail out points on Henry Hudson, and they only let you out onto 9W. Pack a plenty of fluid, and extra layers of clothing. Henry Hudson Dr is a paved wood road prone to rockslides, broken branches, and possibly mud puddles after all the rain this week; there are no stores, no delis, no vending machines, nada, but cliffs on your left, and the river to your right. So pack some snacks as we will make a short snack break by the river, otherwise you won't make it to the diner!

Unless you are a strong, seasoned rider, road slicks are highly recommended (although mountain treads or cyclocross semi-treads may come in handy depending on road conditions). On the way back on 9W, be ready to ride in a paceline and keep up. Also, I need to enforce helmet rules, you lovely people. No helmet, no ride. Bring spare tube(s). 30 miles.

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