Cycle Trippin Day 6 Summary – from Delaware Water Gap to Short Hill New Jersey

This was my last day of cycling for this cycle trip, I got a good night sleep, prepared myself a nice breakfast of oatmeal porridge and rhubarb pie – just ate half the rhubarb pie you never know when you need that extra energy from a pie. When I left the motel there was no person at the front, all doors were open so anyone could have come in during night, what do I care I’m on my way.

I had to hand in my key card, I wanted to check if I could just leave or if they needed me to pay anything, I called a number that was written on a paper at the  front desk and I got hold of someone that told me to just drop the key on the desk and that was it as the booking already been paid for by which I had used to book the motel room.  I rode away from the motel happy that my ride was coming to an end.  The day was fairly new, when I hit my first hill – step steady 2.6 km Category 5 climb, I was a but hesitant first be the legs was there so it turned into a just perfect climb to get the day started.

Here is the route I took on the day

I turned out to be a challenging ride, many climbs I had in total accordingly to mapmyride five Category 5 climbs and one Category 4 climbs, there was other smaller climbs that was really step, luckily short they worn me out.

Getting over the first climb I got to the viewpoint of the Delaware River when it flows between a few hills, the sun was just getting over the top and low hanging clouds shield the sun from me in a mystical morning ride, it did not last that long when I got down to the bridge that I was crossing to get over Delaware river into New Jersey – the clouds were gone and the sun was high in the sky warming up everything around me.

The good thing with riding in New Jersey is that there is a lot of vegetations, large trees that forms a shade which you can ride in. On my way to Hackettstown I was in the shade most of the way, Hackettstown is at the bottom of a hill, surrounded by hills so in to town I had a very nice downhill run – that changed on the other end of town when I have to climb out of the town, I got through that and eventually got to Morristown.

What I noticed when I got to Morristown that the traffic had got more intense, more cars – I was not at the end of any confrontation, the cars seem to treat me nice today.

From Morristown to my final destination in Short Hills is just 15 km – now I just have to navigate the last bit to the house were my family is staying. The problem I’m faced with is that this part of New Jersey is criss crossed by roads, so you need to know were you have to go, I also had a problem, so far I had navigated by checking the GPS on my phone, the phone battery was out of juice, so I had to do a battery re-charge.

I always have backup to my navigation system,  it does not work all the time, I had a printed map of the area – the map had got wet and was of know use. I did have an external battery with a solar panel on it, so I used that to charge my phone. I got enough juice in the battery to be able to make a few phone calls later, first I wanted to get close to Short Hills.

I headed out of Morristown towards Chatham on New Jersey Route 124, I knew that when the 124 was parallel with New Jersey Route 24. I would need to cross over 24 to get to the house. I took a wrong turn, and ended up in the parking lots of The Mall at Short Hills. I was biking around there without finding away out except going back they way I got there, so that what I did. I made a phone call and got the directions, that I should get of 124 at the Hobart Gap Rd, exit. After that it was easy to get to the house.

I said I would bike to New York, in one way I did Lower Manhattan is just 30 km by bike from the house in Short Hill, I will one of these day conclude with a ride in New York.

Here are some pictures I took during the day.

2 Responses

  • Adam M on January 16, 2016, 23:07:54

    Hi, I am trying to make some plans to ride from Toronto to New York in late August / early September 2016, and wondered if you had any route information you could share.

    Many thanks for any help you can offer


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    • torbjornzetterlund on January 18, 2016, 15:10:36


      Sure, I can provide you with the route I took, and the routes I was considering when I was planning my route.

      You could check out the other posts, if you have not yet.

      Day 1
      Day 2
      Day 3
      Day 4
      Day 5
      Day 6

      I have update the route information in the posts.

      My main goal was to stay away from traffic as much as possible, I used the Waterfront trail as much as possible to to get to St. Catherine – from St. Catherine I travel to Niagara Falls. I was planning to cross at Queenston Lewiston Bridge, when I woke up that morning, I decided to see Niagara Falls. Instead I crossed over to the USA on the Rainbow Bridge. From there I biked to Lockport and got onto the Erie Canalway Trail

      You could go the whole trail to Albany and bike down Hudson Valley, I decided to head down through the finger lakes to Ithaca, then on to Scranton, Delaware Water Gap to New York. From Ithaca over the Appalachian to Scranton was hilly, New Jersey was hilly. I would say that Hudson Valley would be a less hillier choice. Anytime you follow a river or canal it’s less hilly.

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