Some selected photos from last weeks three-day trip on ACA's Atlantic Coast route between Port Jervis, NY to Philadelphia with a detour:https://www.flickr.com/photos/105349603@N05/albums/72157659421384310
Rented an SUV one-way on Thursday and camped along the Delaware River in Matamoras, PA, not far from Port Jervis. Dropped the car off the next morning, pulled the bike out of the back and began riding, crossing into NJ in about the first three miles and entering the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Spent the first night at a campground up on the ridge above Portland, PA, the home town of the author of the song "All I Want For Christmas In My Two Front Teeth." The campground I found has wooded tent sites for only $10, which is extremely cheap for that area.
From Portland I followed the ACA route proper through Belvidere to Philipsburg, NJ. I had already ridden the roads between Philipsburg and Milford, NJ twice this year, and since I would be camping on the PA side of the river that night I decided to cross over into Easton, PA and ride a portion of the Delaware & Lackawanna Trail system down to camp in Upper Black Eddy, across the river from Milford. While the trail is scenic and offers some nice views of the river, the surface was mostly not fine crushed rock, which made for slower going.
PA 32 along the river is not a particularly safe cycling route, so at the start of day three I went back a few miles and crossed over into Milford to again pick up the ACA route proper, opting for the wide-shoulder NJ 29 over the parallel D&R Trail until Stockton, where the shoulder disappears and the road becomes very rough in place. Picked up the trail alternative in Stockton for about 4 miles to Lambertville before crossing the Delaware one final time for the final segment home.
Overall, it was a great trip. Wildlife sightings included a large, pileated woodpecker, numerous deer and a flock of about a dozen wild turkeys. I would have liked to have spent the first night at the riverside campground in Worthington State Forest, but the place was packed to the gills for the holiday weekend. (I am going to contact the state about creating a few hiker-biker sites or at least having an overflow area for hikers and bikers. Seeing that the facility is close to the AT and directly on the Atlantic Coast route, it's a prime candidate for such sites.)