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Biking New Jersey

Last weekend I was back on my bike with Bike New York riding through parts of New Jersey.  Oh, poor New Jersey, they always get a bad rap – from their beaches that cost to enjoy, from the hundreds of toll roads, from the full service gas stations where you wait and wait to get your gas, from the high bridge tolls into NYC and I’m sure the Housewives of New Jersey series isn’t boosting the state’s reputation either.  It has to be tough to shine when you are only a stone’s throw away from one of the most dynamic cities in the world!  Well I’m here to say, it’s not that bad and actually quite beautiful.  My weekend ride gave me a little insight, to the third wealthiest and most densely populated state, and it helped me see the hidden charm of Jorsey.  Would I go back, oh yeah.  Would I recommend it to others, you bet.  Would I do this ride again, without a doubt.

We rode along the Atlantic Ocean, across a few waterways, over a couple bridges, through the gorgeous neighborhoods of Rumson and on tree-lined rolling hills of Monmouth County.  Here’s a look at what I saw and it just might have you booking a trip to the other side of the George Washington Bridge.

beautiful waterways..

gorgeous homes along the water…

picturesque tree-lined streets with rolling hills…

a short wait for a boat to pass under a drawbridge…

many stunning homes with manicured yards though Rumson…was hard to keep my eyes on the road!

and Jersey knows how to finish a bike ride…with a chocolate fountain!  Where’s my kabob stick?!

Until next ride Jorsey!  Headed back to NYC!!  Great day, great ride and leaving with a new prospective.

What are your thoughts about New Jersey?  Have you judged something before experiencing it first hand?  Would love to hear about it.

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  1. Amy, I am born and breed New Yorker too, but we visited New Jersey and even vacationed in Wildwood/Cape May when I was younger. And loved it. I honestly not sure where the bad rap comes from, because the beaches that I spoke of here are gorgeous and quite breathtaking too. And also just a truly wonderful vacation spot for young and old. Thanks for sharing your bike ride here and very much enjoyed!!
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    • Amy Fechner says:

      I just love Cape May! We were there a couple years ago after Maddie was born and had the best time. The Painted Ladies, soft sand beaches, history and quaint shops made the trip a wonderful memory. Thanks for sharing your NJ experiences Janine!

      Amy

  2. Laura says:

    Hi Amy…
    Loved hearing about your bike ride through Jersey. I grew up just a few miles from Jersey in Rockland County and am very familiar with Jersey’s charms. It doesn’t deserve to be disparaged! Love your blog! My daughter lives in Brooklyn now but seems to move back and forth from there to Manhattan every year…as roommates change!Take care, Laura

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