On the Trail of the Lenapes: New Egypt

Another Central NJ Backroads Adventure
Another Central NJ Backroads Adventure
Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 09:00

Back by popular demand, and with our esteemed co-leader Alfredo Garcia, who will demonstrate the versatility of a fold up on back country roads. (Note: Happyfacers are welcomed on this ride.)

From Trenton, we pick up the Delaware-Raritan Canal tow path heading due SOUTH to Bordentown, a lovely riverfront village, that was a central transit point back in the day between Philadelphia and New York City, via Perth Amboy and the Tottenville ferry. Bordentown, like much of the area south of New York, was settled by Quakers as early as the1600s. From Bordentown,, we move off the coast and into the interior, to New Egypt, and the pristine fringes of the Pine Barrens (along with Fort Dix and McGuire AFB). Lots of tranquil country roads, though, with family farms and horse stables. We dine at Tootie's, which is next to the New Egypt general store. But we'll need to hoot it out or we'll miss lunch, since the diner closes at 2PM sharp every day. (This is, after all, New Egypt.) On the return trip, we'll tour Bordentown's historic district, which includes Thomas Paine House (yes, the firebrand lived here!). Count on about 40 miles, and relatively flat terrain, with long stretches of uninterrupted cycling at a steady pace.

Let's meet up at Penn Station, Eightn Avenue side where Amtrak boards (NJ Transit ticket machines are nearby) for the 9:14AM. Note: Those joining us in Trenton, we'll be arriving at 10:45 AM. Email to confirm and we'll wait for you at street level

Return schedule: Trains depart Trenton Transit Center: 3:28, 4:02, 4:18, 5:02. (We'll try for the 3;28, but more likely, especially if we tour Bordentown,  the 5:02.)

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