Hartford to Philadelphia

This was the last of the Week-A-Year tour rides that I missed. So I’ve ridden this part of the East Coast Greenway on my own too.

Here’s how to do it:

Hartford, Connecticut, to New Haven in one long day — expect one “big” hill and lots of off-road trail riding. I biked some of this in 2016 as well and love the Farmington trails!

New Haven to New York City in two days. We biked through shore towns on the first day on the way to Stamford. Day 2 includes Van Cortlandt Park and the Hudson River Greenway.

Newark, New Jersey, to New Brunswick, New Jersey. Yes, I skipped the New York-Newark section on the sidewalk of Truck Route 1&9. You can too — just take the PATH train or New Jersey Transit. I love this ride — I call it a global food tour.

Since then, the interim route has changed to go through Jersey City and Bayonne, over the new Goethals Bridge on the bike path, to Elizabeth and beyond. One day the Essex-Hudson Greenway will be built, and it will be a stunning ride from Jersey City to Newark.

New Brunswick to Princeton on the D&R Canal towpath. Traffic-free. And seriously, take an extra day to explore the great biking around Princeton.

Princeton to Philadelphia. You’ve got the Pennsylvania option or the New Jersey option — take your pick. Both are so much better than the first time I biked from Trenton to Philly.