« on: April 07, 2015, 03:25:07 pm »
Well then NYC (at least) might present a problem. The only way to ride into the city from NJ is via the George Washington Bridge, which is way up north. The Atlantic Coast route has a spur to Summit, where you catch a train. On the weekdays there are bike restrictions during rush hours. You may not board a New Jersey Transit commuter train with a bike if that train terminates in Hoboken or Newark, NJ or Penn Station in Manhattan before 10 a.m. The PATH train from Newark to Hoboken or Manhattan also has rush hour restrictions. There are similar restrictions during the evening rush coming out of those locations, though I cannot remember the exact times. Not sure about the ferries from Hoboken, etc. And that's not to mention the rush hour traffic. My local club does an annual ride to Brooklyn via Hoboken, ferry to Manhattan and then the Brooklyn Bridge. I have done it 15 times. It's always the Sunday before Labor Day, when traffic is relatively light. I cannot imagine riding in the area of NJ immediately west from Manhattan during a weekday, especially during rush hour. NJ is the most densely populated state in the country. The Newark area is the most densely populated part of NJ.
I don't mean to sound discouraging, but I think the idea of rolling into Manhattan in the morning, doing whatever it is you plan to do there and then making an escape under acceptable riding conditions might be a bit of s stretch, at least on a weekday.
Yet another NYC issue is that the NYC spur is an out and back from Lambertville, NJ, so unless you come up with your own way to get back on route, you are going to end up heading south back to L'Ville only to then turn north again to go up river. Cutting over can be done on some nice roads (e.g., Somerville to Frenchtown) if you are prepared to accept some climbing.
Tracing the route north of the spur that takes you into Philly in my head, I am having a hard time locating any motels on route until you get to New Hope, Pa, although there may be some close to the route. (The one place in New Hope that I am thinking of is actually off route a bit on U.S. 202. There is the Lambertville Station in Lambertville, across the river form New Hope. There are also some B&Bs in L'Ville. They are all pretty pricey. The Station is probably the cheapest and would likely run at least $150/night in the summer.) Again, though, tackling that stretch during an evening rush would probably not be that pleasant in places.