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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.

Time To Recharge

 

This weekend I finally got a little me-time, with my bike, the road, and a few thousand New Yorkers.  I did the 30 mile (with hills!!) Hudson Valley Bike Tour with Bike NY.  I had been looking forward to this for weeks.  Excited to have a little me-time, and that does not mean a trip to the grocery store alone or running errands after my husband gets home to babysit or reading a book in another room.  This was something I really wanted to do.  Something I planned for and set a date.  Something I waited for with anticipation.  Something I knew would give me the 3 things I needed the most to recharge: exercise, being outside, and getting out of the city.  Woohoo!

Don’t think I just stopped there…I ‘ordered’ a few more things for my much needed me-time.  Let me show you how a bike tour recharges and helps me become a better mother, wife and woman… It might just help you find your recharger!

First, the amazing views from the different locations on the bike trail.  Here, I am cycling over a wide footbridge…you can see it at the top of this page.  An area of solitude, just what I ordered, and reminds me of the beauty outside my small world.

Here I am looking north over the Hudson River. It was so very hot and all I could think about, at that moment, was how much I wanted to leap over the rail and go for a swim, right up the Hudson!  Especially, after cycling over all those hills!!!  Wow, I ordered some exercise and boy, did I get it.

Is this God’s country or what? We rode through areas of tree covered paths and rode under small arched bridges. Third order, relaxation!

I know you don’t see very many bikers, but trust me, I really was on a bike tour!!  At times, I rode into areas where there were none or very few bikers, and I felt like I had the whole tour to myself.  Peacefulness, something else I ordered!

One of my favorite parts of the ride, through the back roads of upstate NY, was watching the sun peak through the foliage. Oh, the beauty of nature.  Which leads me to my last orders, to be surrounded by nature, only hearing the rubber from my tires move along the pavement, and to have a goal just for myself, and to complete it.  Sunday’s ride might not have been an Olympian ride, but I sure felt like I had won the gold after crossing the finish line!  And my Closing Ceremony on Sunday, you ask? Celebrating with my hubby and daughter over dinner, I inhaled :-)   That me-time is more powerful than we think.  We all need it, whether we realize it or not, and it makes us a better and happier person in our everyday lives.

What is something you do special for yourself and it helps you recharge? Please share! I would love to hear about it.

Until next ride,

Amy

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