Triple Beach Bum Ride
Finally, a beach bum ride to write home about!
Back in the day, we could have boarded a steamer at the Battery, with harpist accompaniment. Instead, we'll catch the 9:01 AM North Jersey Coast train to Matawan. We meet up, a little before, in the Amtrak Waiting Area, in Penn Station, at 31 and 8th Avenue, near the escalators. The NJ Transit ticket machines are nearby.
Once in Matawan, we explore old and forgotten beach resorts your great grandparents would have visited, such as Keyport, Union Beach, Keansburg, or where an uncle might have garrisoned, such as the firing range of the U.S. military at Sandy Hook. Ride is almost entirely along the tranquil Henry Hudson Rail Trail. Lunch can fare anywhere from Jersey Joe's classic NJ roadside, at Monmouth Beach, to Zoe's Vintage Kitchen, a precious little gem of a place, reputed to have the best Linzer French Toast in the Atlantic Highlands (that is, if we get there before they close at 2:30 PM! ).. Good news: the last leg of the Henry Hudson trail along the Raritan Bay and Pomarosa Point is now open! (But I bet some of some of us way still want to climb the alternate route up through the Highllands.). As for the return, most of us will probably return via Seastreak, catching the boat at Highland or Sandy Hook, while some will want the extra miles and return to Matawan.
Whichever way, it'll be an enjoyable afternoon.
Total mileage, round trip: 30 miles