Triple Beach Bum Ride
Updated forecast: 91 hot degrees with a cooling thunderstorm at 4. Perfect beach weather!
But first a lovely train ride on NJ Transit to Matawan, where spacious bike docking areas are available and we can kick back with the NY Times and coffee. Once in Matawan, we explore old and forgotten beach resorts your great grandparents would have visited, such as Keyport, Union Beach, Keansburg, or where an uncle might have garrisoned, such as the firing range of the U.S. military at Sandy Hook. Ride is almost entirely along the tranquil Henry Hudson Rail Trail. Lunch can fare anywhere from Jersey Joe's classic NJ roadside, at Monmouth Beach, to Zoe's Vintage Kitchen, a precious little gem of a place, reputed to have the best Linzer French Toast in the Atlantic Highlands (that is, if we get there before they close at 2:30 PM! ), and for those returning to Matawan, we'll make a pit stop at Maloney's Pub (reputed to have over 100 craft beers, and some 30 on draft). NOTE: There is absolutely no tree cover at Sandy Hook, so bring lots of water to cool off and sun block to tone down. And we can always baiil out at Fort Hancock or Highlands for the Seastreak ferry back, though it will cost you. And, even better, we can beach at Keansburg and spend much of the afternoon floundering around the Water Park. But probably not because we need the mileage, and it's all so lovely, scenic, and flat anyway!
Let's meet up for the 9:01 AM (not the 9:07) Aberdeen-Matawan train; the Eighth Avenue side where Amtrak boards. There are ticket machines and easier access to the train.
For your downloading pleasure, a Bikely cue, elevation and map. (Download this to your phone or print out a copy.)
Return schedule --
From Matawan: every half hour on the hour. (We'll plan for the 4:30.)
From Sandy Hook via Seastreak: 4:10PM
From Atlantic Highlands, 5:30 and 7:30 PM.