Middletown to Sandy Hook loop
Sandy Hook is a spit of land that juts out into the Atlantic, and anyone wanting to get into the Hudson Bay needs to pass by it. This makes it a natural place to set up a Fort to defend NYC from the ocean. well, the days of protecting our shores with massive gun fortifications is well past us, but that doesn't mean that we can't still see and explore these places, and imagine what it must have been like to see this fort full of activity and commotion. for this trip, we will head out from Penn Station, and take the NJ Transit train to Middletown. From there we will head east, along the Henry Hudson Bike Path, catching some glimpses of the ocean, and the docks and marinas that hum with activity. We will pass the Twin Lights Lighthouse, towering over us as we cross the bridge onto Sandy Hook, ans say goodbye to civilization for a bit as we enter what is now a National Park. Following the bike path, e will see remnants of the military prescence that, until the mid 1970's, protected the area from attack using Nuclear tipped anti-aircraft missiles! we will also see some of the older military fortifications, from WW2, and before. There is also a wonderful classic lighthouse, that if we are lucky, will be open to visit. Lunch will be on the way back, as soon as we recross the bridge back onto the mainland, as a great seafood (and non-seafood) restaraunt.
This is a Moderate ride, and will be around 32 miles in total, but with very little climbing (the highest elevation is the bridge over the river), and all but around 5 miles is on protected bike lanes. we will be using the Point-Drop-Sweep system, and all are encouraged to come out!
We will be meeting up at NY Penn Station at 8:50, and getting on the 9:07 North Jersey Coast train to Middletown.
THINGS TO BRING:
2 spare tubes or patch kit
money for train and food