Here’s a hat tip to the Anchor House riders … our Labor Day ride was a 57-miler that included the 2013 Cory’s Ride (named after a 15-year-old Anchor House rider who was killed on the last day of the 1998 Anchor House ride).
This took us from the edge of Allentown, which has been on many of our rides, past so many farms and fields of the Garden State as far as Southampton — about as far south as Cherry Hill. Definitely mostly new territory for us. It’s south Jersey, though, so it was essentially flat. (The hilly ride planned for Sunday was rained out. Such a *shame*… though I really need more back-to-back days in the saddle as the big East Coast Greenway ride approaches.)
This wasn’t really an adventure-filled trip — unless you count stopping at a couple of farm stands to price out a bushel of tomatoes for canning (and, yes, I came home with some.)
This might have been our southern-most spot:
We came across two rail-trails: the 2-mile-ish unpaved Y-shaped Pemberton rail trail in Pemberton Township and the 1.5-mile paved Kinkora trail in Columbus. The Kinkora is supposed to eventually connect to the Delaware River Heritage Trail/East Coast Greenway spur route being developed between Trenton and Camden.
We skipped the trails, though, and stuck to the road. Traffic was light but what a pleasant surprise to find these bike lanes as soon as we hit Pemberton Township.
Then there was this. I’m trying to imagine the sellers … and the buyers. Sounds like desperation.