TNJT= Trans NJ Trail....series of connecting loops that were put together to try and get as much legal offroad riding from the top of NJ to the bottom of NJ. Thanks to Rob23(ADV) all his hard work, and his helpers, for putting it all together.
A special thanks to to Doug(Deerslayer ADV) for all of his hospitality. he graciously offered up tent space in his yard, when I was looking for the furthest southern camping in NJ...since the route ends up at Cape May. That in and of itself was more than enough, but use of pool, and the hours of BS'ing about bikes, and life in general, was great as well. Thanks again Doug.
OK, let's get started.
I went with Dirt Bagz, which I already had from my DRZ, and did not like the Dirt Bagz racks...so I went with the Wolfman racks. You can see here for how I adapted them:
I also have Wolfman Expedition Tank bag, Alfa-Beta bag and a discontinued dry duffle bag. The bike was a rolling Wolfman bill board.
Getting things started:
Dirtbagz mounted, Walmart ATV seat cover, and one of the spare fuel containers.
Other MSR fuel container in the tool tube, mounted to bottom of wolfman side rack.
I did not have time to make up a system to mount the tent poles across the bars, like I had wanted, so they got ziptied to the rear rack, inline with the bike.
For me personally, no camping trip is complete with out some wine...in this case..Spanish Quarter Tempranillo...and the bladder I use to take it with me.
And the food for the trip. It was only a one night trip, ride down the route Saturday and back on other roads/dirt Sunday.
I did not even eat half of it. LOL
Speaking of food....the great breakfast my wife made for me Saturday morning to send me off. French toast, bacon and eggs.
Bike packed and ready to go. I way over packed, but I wanted bike to have just about as much stuff as if I was doing the TAT. I wanted to see how the lilttle bike handled it. I also had my tent and hammock tent..normally I'd take one of the other.
Rolling Wolfman advertisement:
And your's truly ready to go. Trailer hooked up to truck...just in case...wife would have been the rescue crew.
And we are rolling:
First stop, Lake Osewago...first water I had seen and wanted to check the bags straps.
Apple Pie Hill....It is a shame.....has been closed down due to being vandalized....not by motorcyclists.
After this section was cleared..at the Apple Pie Hill...I went onto route 118. That one stands out in my mind as the most difficult of the trip. There were a couple sections that I went through, almost got the bike stuck, and literally questioned why I was doing this and why by myself. That included doing the sand highway on a fully loaded down bike. I have plenty of experience in the deep sand. It was still an eye opening event... the bike handled totally differently and had to get used to the front end being extra light due to the weight of the gear on the back of the bike.
Until this next one, I purposely did not take any pictures of the route in this section. There are a lot of issues with riding in the pines and taking pictures of it. So, to save any headaches, I made sure all of my pictures were perfectly fine, in places where cars and trucks go daily.
OK, so onto the rest:
Getting out of the "hard section"..I was actually happy to see some pavement...I need a cool off:
This is where the section ended. I wrote 118 in the gravel so I would remember the section that was not the easiest.
This is the end of a nice little section of dirt trial/road. It was ;'questionably marked at the start, but luckily, clearly marked at this end.
End of the next section..I think maybe 119. Looked familiar to me. Saw it in a previous TNJT RR. LOL
The track ended there and so did I. I could have taken it....but it just went straight to the inlet I believe.
This is the first of the Atlantic ocean I saw. I then saw some more, next pics.
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