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Old 08-04-2012, 02:26 PM   #46
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Change of plans.
Going to 54 Diner in Buena on Route 54.
Sorry for any inconvenience to anyone who was going to meet us on the way.

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We had a nice lunch.



The three of us !



Very nice little diner.







Afterwards we rode to Glassboro for some Tag-O-Rama fun (post #8216).

It never did rain on us.
A couple of us were very hungry so we stayed local.

Next ride planned for Saturday, August 18, 2012.
Details up soon.

That is a nice looking diner... too bad they don't keep up with the exterior/landscaping from the outside it doesn't look very inviting.
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Old 08-04-2012, 02:29 PM   #47
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Too short notice for me... I've already committed to a poker run that benefits the family (funeral expenses) of a Downes Syndrome kid that got hit by a DHL truck in front of his house.
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Still planning the ride for today.
I will be leaving my house at 7:15 to be at the WAWA at 8:00.
The weather is clearing and that area should not have any more rain the rest of the day.

See any of you brave souls out there !

Sorry you can not join us SnoDrt.
But it sounds like you are joining a good cause for the day.
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Old 08-18-2012, 05:58 AM   #49
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Good morning Steve & Deb!
That was me a few minutes ago on Wheat Road.
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Good morning Steve & Deb!
That was me a few minutes ago on Wheat Road.
Sorry to take so long for a response !

I was wondering who that was.
The bike looked familiar, but the riding jacket did not !

I hope you guys had as nice a ride as we did.
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OK,

Saturday, August 18th initially looked like it was going to be a wash-out.

As I looked at the weather the day before, and the night before, it looked like the rain would be outta here just before our ride.

Little did I know how close that would be ! ! !

We left the house under a dismal sky.
Only hit a little sprinkle here and there.

This was the small group that showed up in Buena.



And one of them bailed out pretty quickly.
I think he was not feeling well, but made the attempt anyway.

We head out again under gray skies, but that did not last long.
As you will see by the pictures.

We had a great ride on some nice back roads.
Some I had not even been on before.

Our first stop was the Nothnagle Log Cabin.



Said to be the oldest standing wooden structure in the Western Hemisphere !



Built in 1638, right here in New Jersey ! ! !

It had been added onto, but they keep the old section as a sort of museum.
You can also take tours of the inside if you call them ahead of time.



I think the garage is new !



My friend was playing with a Magnolia Tree seed pod.





Here is a link for the Nothnagle Log Cabin if you are interested in some more information.

Our next stop was not far.



This is where Fort Billingsport was.
The first Federal Land Purchase of our United States was this piece of property that was originally 96 acres.





Today all that is left is a strip of land in the unique setting of being between two oil tank fields.







The Philadelphia International Airport is directly across the Delaware River and Philadelphia is just north of that.

And yes, that is an oil offloading dock.





The land was purchased July 5, 1776.
Here is some more information about Fort Billingsport.

Beings we had such a small group I decided to drive by something I had just read about.
It is a house whose front yard is nothing but statues.







A few more block away is the Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse which was built in 1880.



Currently between two baseball fields.
We only rode up to this and did not get off our bikes.
The picture below is from a previous visit.



From here we were headed for lunch.

But not before we are greeted with a drawbridge in the process of going up.





There are three of these along this road.
This one still works, obviously.
They were built in the mid 1930's.

We never did see any boats go by.
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We head on over to Woodbury to the old train station which was built in 1883.











They turned this nice old train station building into the Woodbury Station Cafe.





We had a great lunch.
The servers were just fantastic.
And they overfed us with these homemade donuts with lots of confectioners sugar ! ! !





The decor inside was very nice.



After lunch we head for, well, it goes under several names.
The town is National Park, NJ.
The fort here from 1777 was Fort Mercer.
The battle here was the Battle of Red Bank.
At the end of Hessian Avenue.

This wall commemorates Hugh Mercer.
He became a Brigadier General during the Revolutionary War.
He was mortally wounded in the battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777 and refused to leave the battlefield until the battle was decided.
He agonized under an oak tree there, now called the Mercer Oak, and died nine days later of his wounds.
They named this fort after him and his sacrifice.

The bronze relief on the left shows him at the Battle of Trenton.
The one on the right is where he rested mortally wounded at the Battle of Princeton.



The newer memorial commemorating the Battle of Red Bank.





This is the original memorial from 1829 safely being preserved from the weather.



Once again Philadelphia can be seen from this spot too.



And down river the Commodore Barry Bridge can be seen.



Here is some history on this area including the Battle of Red Bank and Fort Mercer.

So, that was our ride for August.

We set off for home and finished another 100 mile ride.
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So sorry about the lack of communication on my part.
We could have had more riders in August if we left just a half an hour later.
This is something I want to work out.

Here is my plan for now.

Our fourth ride is scheduled for October 20, 2012.

We are heading up north around the Stockton and Lambertville area along the Delaware River.

The distance is a lot further from Vineland but I plan on us meeting at the WAWA in Southampton on Route 206 at the intersection of Route 38.

We will be having a group leave from Buena for the riders from that area and they will ride up Route 54 and Route 206 and join anyone else at the Southampton WAWA.

I am still in the process of planning this out so details will come later.

The ride I have planned is around 110 miles round trip from Southampton.

From Buena to Southampton is 35 miles, so your real round trip mileage will be closer to 180.

For me it is a 20 mile ride to Southampton so I am looking at a 150 mile ride total.

I am also planning a get together, probably at the church, sometime in early December.
Just to get together and talk and work out some details from our first year of riding together.
Plus have some munchies and perhaps a video of the places we have been this year.
We will see how that all works out.

I will share my ideas for 2013 and I ask that you all bring some too.
It would keep this from being where I want to go to where the group wants to go and what the group wants to do.

So just keep this all in mind.

For now, I am working on the October 20th ride.

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Our FOURTH trip.

Saturday, October 20, 2012


I am making two starting locations, which you will see why in a minute.

The first group is starting at the usual Buena WAWA at the intersection of Routes 40 & 54.

Those meeting at Buena be there at 8:00 AM, and Leave the parking lot at 8:15.

Those meeting in Buena will ride to the Southampton WAWA at the intersection of Routes 206 & 38.
A 35 mile ride taking about 50 minutes.
There they will meet up with, basically, me and whoever else is joining us.
This basically saves me from retracing my ride to Buena that morning.
Not that I mind the ride, but we take that every Sunday and Wednesday night !

Those meeting at Southampton be there at 9:00 AM, we will Leave the parking lot at 9:30 as one group for our adventure.

* From Buena to Southampton take 54 North.
Ride straight through Hammonton on Bellevue Avenue and straight onto Route 206, which starts there in Hammonton at Route 30.
Total ride is 35 miles.

*From Southampton we head further North on Route 206 and take a short ride on Interstate 295 to get to Route 29 along the Delaware River.
On this section we go through a short tunnel and pass the Trenton Thunder baseball stadium.

* We will then pass our gold domed State Capital Building which was built in 1792, and is the second oldest statehouse in the United States.

* After passing Trenton we should be enjoying the Fall Foliage as we pass Washington Crossing. We can stop here on the way home if anyone wants to.

* We will then pass through the quaint towns of Lambertville and Stockton and ride by such sites as the Lambertville Firehouse memorial which is made out of parts from old firetrucks, we will also pass an old railroad loading tipple, the Stockton Inn which has a 300 year history, Prallsville Mills with history dating back to 1720, and not to mention all of the other unique old buildings in this area along the Delaware River.

* Our first stop will be the last public covered bridge in New Jersey, The Green Setgeants Covered Bridge. It was erected in 1872 on abutments dating back to colonial times. It was restored and strengthened in 1960-61.
The road leading to the bridge is only a lane and a half and follows a nice creek bed.
We will stop at the bridge to enjoy the setting and get some pictures.

* We will then ride on some more nice back roads on our way to lunch. On those back roads we will pass Strimples Mill and cross an historic steel bridge dating back to 1897. On another back road we will ride over a beautiful stone arch bridge on Horseshoe Bend Road.

* Lunch is set to be at The Bridge Cafe in Frenchtown. This cafe is located in Frenchtown's original train station built around 1850 overlooking the Delaware River and the Uhlerstown-Frenchtown Bridge that crosses here.

We prerode the route to make sure I had not picked any dirt roads.
Paved lane and a half we can handle, but dirt is a different story, and I could not tell from the maps.
So while we were in the area we stopped at The Bridge Cafe and they let me take pictures of their menu.
Just know that in this area everything is expensive.
The numbers at the end are the prices.





I think I am going for the Broiled fresh Atlantic Cod Fillet.
The Frenchtown Inn across the street had some even higher prices for things but they did seem to have more to offer.
But The Bridge Cafe is a nice place and I know a few riders who have eaten there and loved it.

You can bring your own lunch if you so desire.
I know this short menu is not for everyone.
There are picnic tables right on the banks of the Delaware River next to the Cafe.

After lunch we head back South along the Delaware River to our next stop.
• Goat Hill Overlook in Lambertville. A short walk takes you to a beautiful view of the Delaware River running between Lambertville, NJ and New Hope, PA. Local legend has it that General George Washington stood on a rock atop the palisade to oversee preparations for the attack on Trenton during the Revolutionary War.
(He must have had good night vision ! )



I would post some pictures of this view, but I don't want to spoil it for you ! ! !

I will do a short devotional while we are there.

We will pretty much retrace our morning ride from Lambertville to get back South.
Like I mentioned before, we can stop at any of the places that catch your fancy on the way up on our way home, or you can just do another ride in this nice area yourself sometime.

I will not stop at the Southampton WAWA unless anyone needs to.
Or if dinner is on your mind the Vincentown Diner across the street is pretty good.

If we continue for home I will turn off Route 206 at Atsion Lake while the rest of you continue South to Buena the same way you came up.

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Statistics:

If you are leaving from the Buena WAWA it is a 180 mile round trip.

If you are leaving from the Southampton WAWA it is a 110 mile round trip.

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Bump. I'm assuming this ride is still on. Am planning to meet up at the Southampton Wawa.
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Yes, the ride is still on.

Looks like it is going to be a really nice day.

Can't wait.

I should be at Southampton around 9:00.
I like to get there early !

Anyone else joining us?
Or are you going to surprise me ???
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Or are you going to surprise me ???
What time do you think you will be at the Bridge Cafe? Might wander over to say hello!
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What time do you think you will be at the Bridge Cafe? Might wander over to say hello!
Expecting to be there at 12:30ish.

Would be great to see you.
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Throttling UP at Frenchtown!

Was able to catch the group at lunch at the Bridge Cafe, then do a little ride with the folks to Lambertsville and the Goat Hill Lookout:



First opportunity to do a little dirt with the Pumpkin bike:



Steve, Deb, and the others, nice to catch you for a little riding and leaf peeping in the Garden State!
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I finally got around to getting the pictures done from our October 20th ride.

It was a nice early morning ride with a little mist in the air and some nice color.

This is Atsion Lake that we passed on our way to Route 206.



This is 206 in Shamong.





I get to the Wawa in Southampton and I take some pictures before the other group arrives.



While taking that picture I hear a high pitched whine and turn around and see this.





It had a license plate on it ! ! !

Seems awfully small !

The group from Buena meets up with us at Southampton and we are ready to roll.
Without the Circus Bike !



Five bikes headed north.



Finally got some pictures of the group behind me on this trip.

We head up Route 206 and cut across on Interstate 195 to Route 29 North.
On 29 we go through the tunnel along the Delaware River.





And the group is still there !



We passed the Trenton Thunder Baseball field and then pass our beloved State Capitol Building!



Never did find out if that is real gold or not !

Then we pass the State Planetarium.



All along the Delaware River.



Finally out of the Trenton area we get into the country.
This is an old coal tipple.





We stopped at Prallsville Mills in Stockton to find some restrooms before we got of the "main" road.



I had intended to stop here on the way back, but this was a nice stop.
And needed for "relief" ! ! !

Behind the mill is an old railroad bed which is beside the canal.





The canal was of course first, and the railroad added later, which put the canal out of business.

This part of the Delaware and Raritan Canal is called the Feeder Canal.
It feeds water from further up the Delaware River to the Main Canal in Trenton.
The Main Canal ran from Trenton to New Brunswick for a total of 44 miles.
The Feeder Canal was 22 miles long.

Here at Prallsville Mills there is an overflow dam to keep the level of the canal at a certain depth.



The water flows over that and back into the Delaware River.

The mill itself started in the 1790's and today consists of several large buildings.





Today they are used for arts and crafts and the nice stone building is used for weddings and receptions.



We had a nice stop here.





After our little break we head on our way to the Covered Bridge.

The road we took was a narrow one, about a lane and a half.



Riding along a nice stream through the fall air.





This is the stream at the Covered Bridge.





This is Greensergeants Covered Bridge in Delaware Township. Usually said to be in Stockton because that is the closest town that everyone knows.



This is the only covered bridge left in the state on a public road.

Currently only being used in one direction they built another bridge next to it for the other lane.
And it is pretty busy out here in the middle of nowhere !



The abutments were built in 1750 for an original covered bridge.
The current structure is from 1872.
Deemed unsafe in 1960 it was dismantled and reconstructed with the original wood while adding reinforcements in 1961.









After enjoying the beautiful scenery here we head off on our way to Frenchtown for lunch.



Still some narrow back roads.

We passed another old mill that is still in use.



Strimples Mill, which is a lumber saw mill.
No longer uses water power, but it did a long time ago.
There is a water wheel on the hill to the right.



We crossed this nice old stone bridge on Horseshoe Bend Road.



And we had some nice views along the way on the back roads of the area.

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