A Slice of Cheesequake in Noisy New Jersey

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
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Trip End Aug 21, 2011


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Cheesequake State Park Campground, Site 8

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

So, this was it. The last long day of cycling of the whole trip.  We were nervous for a couple reasons, the bikes appear ready to fall to bits and the route to Cheesequake State Park through New Jersey was extremely built up.  It didn't help that the mountain which had toppled us last night was still there and needed us to go back up and over it before heading east again.

Having climbed the hill again through the pretty town of Little York, we found route 22 which was perfect for getting in some quick miles.  20 down and things were very relaxed.  We then started to hit the built up areas and struggled our way through several towns including New Brunswick which was particularly hectic. We found ourselves filtering onto some seriously busy roads and without the comfort of a hard shoulder at times it was too hair raising.

The second part of the day was filled with noise and speeding traffic.  We hopped from one place to another trying to secure the evening meal. After several unsuccessful attempts and feeling very beaten after 24 days cycling without a rest, we finally caught the signs to Cheesequake State Park.

It is another beautiful park (slightly ruined by a major highway running through the middle) where we can enjoy our final night at camp.  We are both exhausted and feeling pretty strange about the next few days.  Tomorrow morning is an early start to cycle 18 miles to The Atlantic Highlands where we will of course see the sea after 2 month but also catch the boat up the River Hudson into Manhattan.  The plan then is to spend the afternoon cycling around New York City to catch some sights before resting at Jazz On The Park for the next two nights.  Wow, it is almost all too much!

Miles Cycled:  60 for the last long day of cycling

Number of Times beeped at sworn at: once and Polly wanted to rip their heads off!
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triciagick
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Well, what a gigantic, monumental, amazing and unforgettable achievement - how you two are going to come down to earth in good old Bosham is pretty hard to imagine - lots of family and friends around to help, but I imagine we shall have to give you both time to come to terms with normal living again. We are SO proud of you both. I remember when you first mentioned cycling round the world Pols - I thought 'they're mad, they'll never actually do it' and now you have. Words can't describe how brilliant we think you are. Take care and we look forward to seeing you in a couple of days!!!!! YEH!!!! XXXX

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