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New England / Bike Route Network of New Jersey & The Jersey 500
« on: April 04, 2022, 02:25:04 pm »
     I have taken much time to develop a bike route network of the state of New Jersey.  There are 20 routes in all.  Some routes go across the state.  Some routes run mostly parallel to, with some crossings of key highways in New Jersey.  Some routes feature the Pine Barrens.  The routes that cover the state from Trenton and further north generally run in a southwest-northeast direction to minimize climbing over mountains.
     I have also prepared a single bike route called The Jersey 500 because it is 516 miles in length, without any repetitions.  The route zig-zags across the state.  It is broken down into 9 segments, based on the amount of mileage an experienced cyclist can comfortably ride in one day and the availability of motels.  Each segment ends at a motel.  The route starts in Belvidere, near the Delaware Water Gap;  and ends at the Cape May Lighthouse.
     I tried to use less-heavily used roads whenever possible.  I am confident that out-of-staters will be pleasantly surprised at the low traffic volumes encountered.  You will be amazed by a lot of the scenery, in this, the most densely-populated state in the US.
     You can reach me at
     Dan Rappoport, Princeton, New Jersey

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Boston to New Paltz, looking for alternates
« on: September 28, 2009, 12:15:17 pm »
Hi Rebecca:
     I don't know if this is too late for you:
     You don't have to go on Rt. 9 to get from Amherst to Northampton.  There is a rail trail paralleling Rt. 9 between the 2 towns!  The 1st time I saw it I thought it was full of broken glass, but I learned that was limestone!  There is even a rt 9 underpass!  It ends as soon as you cross the Conn. River.  Then there is a multi-use path thru the north side of Northampton that ends at a park a few miles later.  By that time, when you get back on Rt. 9 you should be much better off.  I guess there will be some trucks going from Northampton to Pittsfield on Rt. 9 but most of them will be on US 20, US 5, and the Pike.
     Good luck with your trip.  Keep the wheel side down!
     Dan Rappoport
     Princeton, NJ

New England / Re: Welcome to the New England Region
« on: September 28, 2009, 11:57:32 am »
Hi everyone!
     I just volunteered to help with the USBRS.  I live in Princeton.  In the 1980's I sold a set of strip maps called Bicycling Through New Jersey.  I was in charge of routes for GEAR UP 1985 from The College of NJ.  I was in charge of routes for the Princeton Event for the 1st 10 years, 1981-1991.  I have been a SAG at the Farmlands Flat Century and The Hillier Than Thou Century.
     I would like to work with people on any issues regarding routing on or near the East Coast.  Oh yes, I have tour books galore for NJ and bordering states.  I know that I can be an asset to the organization.  I hope to hear from some of you soon.
     Happy tail winds.
     Dan Rappoport

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