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Old 06-20-2008, 07:00 PM   #31
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Old 06-22-2008, 01:19 PM   #32
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Well, part of your course apparently lead you guys through the belleplain state forest, specifically Joe Mason road, and me and my buddy went riding out there today, and there was no fresh tracks in the mud. I guess you guys didnt go down there, or detoured or something.
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Old 06-22-2008, 02:22 PM   #33
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Awesome ride Rob
Jolly705 and I headed down at some ungodly hour and met a few of the guys at Delaware Crossing and we left my truck there and started riding but it was more pavement than we wanted at the beginning so we loaded my truck up and drove down to Assupink and parked there and rode some amazing routes through the Pine barrens as a sand newbie i had a great time and hoped I didn't slow James up too much.
We did about 175 or so miles (i forgot) and I am sore today. You guys who did all three days are animals.
Oh, "forgot your name" but PM me or call me with your address so I can return your camelback.
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Old 06-22-2008, 06:52 PM   #34
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Thanks again, Rich and I had a blast, some great trails!
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Old 06-23-2008, 08:01 AM   #35
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so...where's the pics and ride report???

Anxiously waiting!!!
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Old 06-23-2008, 08:47 AM   #36
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Thanks to everyone for coming out trying my whacky idea of ridding 1k miles in NJ in three days. I hope everyone had a good time despite the difficulty/length of the routes. Thanks to Airframe for ridding with me.

All in all this years routes were too long! Too much noodeling around to pick up the 1k miles and more dirt roads. You had to be a really good GPS navigator and had to know something about where you were going in order to make the best of the routes. For those that didn’t I hope you learned something new and I apologize for any inconveniences.


I now have data from an easier route from 2007 and a very hard route from 2008 so by 2009 I’ll definitely get it perfected! I took good notes and way pointed more good roads and more gated/private roads.

My stats
Total miles from home to home: 935
Total route miles ridden: 847
Moving Time: 24:56 (three days of ridding, I rode for one entire day, that’s 8 hours of ridding a day)
Stopped Time: 15:20 (turned gps off for camping etc.)
Moving Average: 35mph
Top Speed: :p

Friday (Solstice ride)
I rode alone all day and managed to ride all the routes and only cut off the last 30 miles because I ride those roads all the time. I put in 450 miles on Saturday alone. I started the day with some nice twisties and a few rocky mountain roads before heading up to Elias Cole for breakfast where I got a pair of runny eggs and some toast. I then set out to ride from 11am – 7pm non-stop (only for gas). I covered some great dirt roads and twisties and saw some nice sites.

My favorite route in the Northern NJ was through the Delaware Water Gap. The rest of the routes were good too and there were some real nice gems in between all the noodeling around. There were at least three abandoned mountain roads that I road that I’d like to do some more venturing around. I rode without camping gear all day and wasn’t prepared to camp that night. I decided to drop off my bike and get the car in order to take the other riders out to dinner so they could have a few drinks without worrying about falling off their bikes after a long and tiring ride.

Saturday
Saturday started off nice. I got to ride with Doug (Airframe) and we hit some of the dirt roads around the hills of Hopewell where I grew up ridding. I managed to cut off some of the route to make up some time.

We then headed down to Jackson via Assunpink where we picked up some sand and whoops. Ridding with camping gear on the back of an f650 through deep sand and whoops just stinks and that’s what I had to contend with all day (sand + motorcycles = whoops). Luckily, Doug saved me with a nice strap to keep my bags from flying off after my tie down died. Doug managed to show me a good bi-pass around the nasty new fence in Fort Dix (talk about clear cut environmental damage, those guys wiped out a ton of woods. Not to mention all the other housing and business development going on in that area.).

It’s funny, the three groups of riders all took different ways to get down but somehow managed all to meet at the Wa-wa on 539/70 and the same exact time, very strange. It was good to see everyone re-group and head into the woods for a much needed dirt fix. Doug and I then headed into Lebanon where the trails were nice but I was left really yearning for my YZ250 after getting bounced around in some of the whoops with my heaving gear. I got tired pretty quick so we decided to head into Greenwood and Forked River where the roads are flatter (some of them at least).

I had to check-in to camp at Bass River by 6pm so I decided to high tail it down Red Road to Beaver Damn road then to Lucile’s and use Stafford Forest to Bass River to get to camp on time (this is where knowing your way around the forest helped a lot). That worked out really well for us and we got to see a very threatening but cool electric storm pass us as we road through the burned out area of Stafford. I then checked into camp and setup. Afterwards, we road the routes through Bass River in reverse. I finally got to wick up some sand without the bags on and it felt great to ride again! When we got to Martha road I decided to take a swim in the lake near Bodine Field. I was thinking about this lake all day, jumping in was very cold and refreshing. I got a call where one of the groups of riders wouldn’t make it to camp because they liked Lebanon so much they decided to stay there instead (I couldn’t blame them but not ridding some of my routes to book the camp in time was a wated effort). So, I linked up with my buddy Todd (Pinehollow) and we shared a few beers and some much needed dinner. I then headed to camp and reviewed the routes before passing out cold.

Sunday
Packing up camp I was attacked by a swarm of May Flies that I had to contend with! This was a real shitty way to start the day!

Frustrated, I went to the entrance where I missed Doug and he rode around frantically looking for me thinking I left him behind. We eventually managed to link up and then headed to Todd’s to drop my gear off, get some coffee and chill out with him and his cool animals for a bit.

Sunday's routes started off nice. Most of the routes were from last year and therefore proven in some regard. There were lots of open dirt roads with hard packed gravel with some nice sweepers. There were also a lot of overgrown trails that really gave us the adventure experience. We managed to do some exploring and found a really long nice dirt road that lead to a dead end in a Cedar Swamp, so we turned around and on my way back I washed the front end out in a deep mud hole and managed to twist my rear brake into a pretzel! First and only crash of the weekend. Luckily, the metal on the brake lever was soft enough I could bend it back to shape and in no time we were off ridding again.

For some reason my GPS acted up by grapping an off-route waypoint near Make Peace WMA so instead of deleting it I had Doug do some guiding. He did an excellent job and managed to clear out some brush for me ;). Now, we have matching nose scars! I then decided to ride the optional loop to the Delaware Bay and ride the next route in reverse through Belleplain instead of ride down to Cape May and get stuck in shore traffic. That worked out pretty well for us. There are streets I need to cut out of the loop and some gated roads but we did manage to ride some cool stuff like a large power line trail that looked like something you’d see in California. After finishing the reverse route through Belleplain Doug and I parted ways and he decided to go grab some more dirt on his way home. I did the highway boogie for an hour and half in the hot sun where I was thinking how much of NJ everyone else really misses by taking the highway. My entire ride down I didn’t hit any traffic on the roads I traveled on.

All in all I had six days of ridding in June and put in nearly 2k miles. I must say the f650 is a great reliable bike with a great motor and it’s a blast to ride. My 2005 now has 22k on it!

p.s. I didn't bring a camera and only took one pic of Buttermilk Falls with the crappy camera phone.

Also, if anyone is looking for a similar ride in NJ but in a much more organized fashion (with real trails and access to private lands) I highly recommend trying one of these events.

Pine Barrens 500 (http://pinebarrens500.org & http://ECEA.org)
Hammer Run 2 day Dual Sport (http://TeamHammer.org & http://ECEA.org)
Meteor 2 day Dual Sport (http://MeteorMc.com & http://ECEA.org)
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Old 06-23-2008, 01:39 PM   #37
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All in all this years routes were too long!
Rob, I know how much time and effort you and your friends put into the TransNJTrail, and I have nothing but admiration for the effort. I also know that some of the sections are spectacular.

I would suggest, though, that you consider a couple of "adjustments" for future events, if you are going to do this again.

1st, decide who you want to ride the trail, and what you are trying to accomplish. If it is to show people how fantastic New Jersey is, then put together a nice, legal big bike route that is not redundant, but gets you from High Point to Cape May with a 1150 GS or a smaller bike loaded with gear.

Some of the sections you have on this year's ride are wonderful, but really too technical for a big trailie or a loaded KLR, for instance. Yes, a really skilled rider can do it, but he/she will be exhausted. And all the sections should be legal.

As part of the ride, to make it more interesting for the more skilled, you could have loops out of the campgrounds that would be challenging. These would be done with the bikes unloaded.

If the main route was totally legal, you wouldn't have any problem with distribution. The other sections could be handed out at the campgrounds for single day use, then destroyed. With the participants signing reasonable disclaimers for these "extra" sections.

New Jersey is the most amazing state for motorcyclists. Great job of doing your part to get that word out. And don't let the beady-eyed enduro club guys give you a hard time. They are all a bunch of Pineys!
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Old 06-23-2008, 01:49 PM   #38
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Rob, I know how much time and effort you and your friends put into the TransNJTrail, and I have nothing but admiration for the effort. I also know that some of the sections are spectacular.

I would suggest, though, that you consider a couple of "adjustments" for future events, if you are going to do this again.

1st, decide who you want to ride the trail, and what you are trying to accomplish. If it is to show people how fantastic New Jersey is, then put together a nice, legal big bike route that is not redundant, but gets you from High Point to Cape May with a 1150 GS or a smaller bike loaded with gear.

Some of the sections you have on this year's ride are wonderful, but really too technical for a big trailie or a loaded KLR, for instance. Yes, a really skilled rider can do it, but he/she will be exhausted. And all the sections should be legal.

As part of the ride, to make it more interesting for the more skilled, you could have loops out of the campgrounds that would be challenging. These would be done with the bikes unloaded.

If the main route was totally legal, you wouldn't have any problem with distribution. The other sections could be handed out at the campgrounds for single day use, then destroyed. With the participants signing reasonable disclaimers for these "extra" sections.

New Jersey is the most amazing state for motorcyclists. Great job of doing your part to get that word out. And don't let the beady-eyed enduro club guys give you a hard time. They are all a bunch of Pineys!
Yeah I can't imagine the time and effort Rob put into this. I look forward to doing the parts I didn't do on this trip but I will go into mapsource and "tweak the route for me"
I do really like the idea of shorter days more big bike friendly with either optional sections (there were some) but routes around the ampground when bikes are unloaded of their gear.
Rob you should be commended on your efforts!
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Old 06-23-2008, 02:55 PM   #39
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I concur, very impressed with what you have done here, I made it to first day late and entertained myself on the routes!!!
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Old 06-23-2008, 04:34 PM   #40
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...congratulations for a successful ride
pix please. hoping there will be another TNJT ride next year and open for everyone to enjoy.


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Old 06-23-2008, 06:08 PM   #41
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Good Show Guys

Glad you guys knocked out as much as you could, I thought it was a little over ambitious. Doc had some good ideas, instead of it being a death march, an adventure tour would please many more folks. Glad it was fun...I worked all weekend.
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Old 06-23-2008, 07:20 PM   #42
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I have to give Rob some serious props for this one, it is tons of work and he did a great job!

WHAT IS NEXT?
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Old 06-24-2008, 07:02 AM   #43
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Had to bail last minute for personal reasons but kind of glad I did. Got home Sunday to a horrible smell of gas in the garage. Seems the right front corner of the Gas tank on the KLR decided to start leaking. Anyway, I read somewhere that this would be a good fall ride. How about a fall ride a little more big bike friendly. Maybe a two-day-er?
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Old 06-24-2008, 07:29 AM   #44
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Had to bail last minute for personal reasons but kind of glad I did. Got home Sunday to a horrible smell of gas in the garage. Seems the right front corner of the Gas tank on the KLR decided to start leaking. Anyway, I read somewhere that this would be a good fall ride. How about a fall ride a little more big bike friendly. Maybe a two-day-er?
if there is time i will do it but the fall has pretty much every weekend taken with better dualsport rides.
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:08 AM   #45
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