Sandy Hook Seashore Adventure

    Filed under:
    Level C+
    Event Status:
    Confirmed
    Event Date:
    Sun, Aug. 02, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am
    Location:
    Monmouth Battlefield State Park, NJ 33 Bus, Manalapan, NJ
    Website:
    https://phillybikeclub.org/bcpdo/ride/calendar

    This event occurs in the America/New York time zone.

    SUN AUGUST 2, 2020 - SANDY HOOK SEASHORE TREK - COVID PRECAUTIONS IN EFFECT

    Level B-: 14mph, 70 miles. Meet at Visitor Center of Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Route 33 Business, Manalapan, NJ. The ride leaves at 8:30 am. Picturesque adventure ride from Central NJ to Sandy Hook, a 1665-acre barrier peninsula which protrudes into the bay between NJ & NY. Sandy Hook offers a view of the Manhattan skyline, as well as 7 miles of beaches, a lighthouse, and a holly forest. Shortly before reaching the seashore, we'll stop at the Mt. Mitchell Scenic Overlook County Park, which includes a memorial to the heroes of 9-11. This county park provides a spectacular overlook of Sandy Hook Bay and the NYC skyline. The route to & from Sandy Hook will take us along the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers, as well as the Swimming River Reservoir. Beginning and ending portions of the route are rolling, with a few brisk climbs, but we will stop to regroup as needed. Total elevation gain is 2189 feet. Middle portion of the route (near and on the beach) is flat. Food stops at mile 25 and 45, + an optional Rita's Water Ice stop at mile 62, near the finish. DRIVING DIRECTIONS to the starting point (Visitor Center of Monmouth Battlefield State Park): 1) NJ Turnpike North to Exit 8/Hightstown & Freehold. 2) From Exit 8 ramp, turn right onto NJ-33 East/Franklin St. Stay on 33 East. 3) After crossing CR 527/Millhurst Rd, NJ-33 will split into Business and Expressway. Take the right-lane exit for 33 Business, then bear right at bottom of ramp for 33 Bus East. Look for sign for Monmouth Battlefield Visitor Center. Turn left into Visitor Center entrance. Parking lot is at the end of a long driveway. Please allow at least 75 mins driving time from Phila. The map link provided below (you can zoom in) will show the start/finish point, the whole route, and the elevation profile. WEATHER UPDATES will be based on the forecast for Manalapan, NJ, not Phila. COVID Precautions in Effect: Please maintain safe social distancing (20 ft apart while cycling, and least 6 ft apart when stopped) Please bring a mask and hand sanitizer with you. Cue sheets will be available. The on-line route map is http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9454582. It is optional, but you may preregister until Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
    Leader: Linda McGrane, mcgrane_linda_a@yahoo.com, 267-251-7862