War of the Worlds
Meet 8:30 AM, near corner of Varick and Vandam Streets, Manhattan (across from City Winery), or approx 9:45 am, Gateway/Old Bridge Shopping Center, South Amboy NJ (Garden State Parkway Exit 123, then Route 9 south about 1 mile to Ernston Road exit; ahead at light for shopping center entrance). 45-50 miles, mostly flat. Special Note: we will try to arrange car pooling to and from NJ start point; if you need a ride or have a car and can transport other bikers and bikes, please contact Ted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eighty years ago, angry citizens of the Red Planet landed on Earth for an attempted war that, for unknown reasons, received little public or government attention... except in the greater NY area, as captured live by Orson Welles and his news crew during what is arguably the most famous radio broadcast in history. This rarely scheduled ride, first held in 1988 for the 50th anniversary of those long ago events, will visit the site of the actual Martian landing in Grovers Mill, NJ. We'll celebrate this historic occasion by interactive construction of a special antenna that will capture space-wandering radio waves in an attempt to re-create the landmark broadcast, plus a trivia contest with prizes! Ride may return after sunset; possible dinner stop afterwards. Working front and rear bike lights, reflective vest recommended. Rain at start may cancel or shorten ride.