Sandy Hook Shop Ride, August 20, 2016

Acting on a tip from Greg, 718 Cyclery hosted a shop ride at Hartshorne Woods, NJ, by way of the Sandy Hook Ferry on Saturday, August 20th, 2016.

View from Causway over Highlands Reach / Navasink River looking south
As with any adventure worth taking, the day dawned early at 718. The ride group met at 718 @ 7am for the 30 minute ride through Brooklyn, over the Brooklyn Bridge, and down to the Wall Street Ferry terminal.

I rode the 2016 Santa Cruz 5010, with 130 travel front/rear

The scene at the Wall Street Ferry (Sea Streak) was pretty crowded for an 8:15am trip, but it seems the people waiting on line were in on a good thing.
Ferry leaving Wall Street
Escape from New York
"Fatbike Disembarking!"
From the ferry, it is a roughly 5 mile ride south on the Sand Hook Spit, past National Park Beaches, Campsites and Historic Fort Hancock.

Hartshorne Woods Park is located about 1 mile from the causeway, on a climb up Portland Road. Many trails are shared by bikes and hikers.  Normally, this would be a hindrance, but the hikers and walkers using the trails we so nice, it was actually fun to encounter them as it always lead to a conversation and an insider tip on trails to check out.

There is a great loop train (blue), that gave a nice overview of the park, with black trail spurs that led to more advanced terrain and overlooks.  Many trains were stepped with wooded erosion abatement devices (I think), thant made many climbs feel like going up stairs (descents we fun)
Note "steps" on climb
Safety (Pizza) First
More Climbing

Santa Cruz 5010...probably more bike than Hartshorne required, but it made climbs so easy.
John, rode the Jones 29+
Jones 29+, all decked out
After riding the trails, we had lunch and some of us slept on the grass.  It was then time to reverse course and head north to catch the 3:35 ferry
130mm of problem on this gnarly bike path

Fort Hancock, officers housing
Getting back on the ferry
The ferry scene

This was a great trip, and had us thinking this could be a future Micro-Tour destination...camping, beaches, mountain bike trails...all just a 30 minute ferry ride away

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