On the Trail of the Lenapes: New Egypt
When we last rode this, Jesse Brown, bike leader extraordinaire, reminisced about his time in training at Fort Dix before being sent to 'Nam. We'll cover similar terrain, as we skirt the training base, and head further outback to the wee limits of the northern edge of the Pine Barrens, home to New Egypt, and its mainstay -- and only -- diner, referred to affectionately by locals as Tootsie's (who is a fantastic hostess), which we all loved for it's home cooking and down home appeal. So join us as we honor Jesse and other bicycle comrades who have fallen along the asphalt trail.
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 the 1600s. We'll do a brief tour of Bordentown's historic district, which includes Thomas Paine House (yes, the firebrand lived here!) 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 hoof it out or we'll miss lunch, since the diner closes at 2 PM sharp every day. (This is, after all, New Egypt.) On the return trip, new to some this time around, we'll stop off at The New Egypt Flea Market, Cream Ridge Winery (so bring a tot bag), or Historic Walnford. Count on about 40 miles, with a few climbs on the return, but for the most part relatively flat terrain, with long stretches of uninterrupted cycling at a steady pace.
A downloadable copy of the map can be found here.
Let's meet up at Penn Station, Eighth Avenue side where Amtrak boards (NJ Transit ticket machines are nearby) for the 9:14 AM. 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: 4:02, 4:18, 4:59, 5:19, 5:59. (We'll try for the 4:18, but more likely, especially if we hang in Bordentown, the 5:19 or 5:59.)