Well, I missed my season opening Sandy Hook ride back in March for reasons that seemed important back then, but which I now can't even recall, showing that you should never put off a good bike ride. So how about a New Jersey Shore ride on Memorial day weekend? Sandy Hook will be too busy now for good riding, but there's lots of fine routes in these parts. And I know doing this on a holiday weekend will reduce potential attendees, but there aren't many other do-able days, and Cirque will be upon us soon. Besides, we should be done by 1:00 p.m., plenty of time to get home for family fun.
Therefore I hereby announce that I will "host" a CR themed ride on 27 May, starting at 10:00 a.m. from Fort Monmouth NJ, in scenic Monmouth County. The ride will be about 25 miles long, passing through many upscale neighborhoods, sea shore vistas, past Monmouth Park Race Track and down tree shadowed roads. Terrain is mostly flat, with a smattering of highway overpass type hills. In other words, fixed gear friendly, although I will be riding a multispeed bike. No one gets dropped, and the ride leader is slower than winter in Chicago. Apres ride will be ultra informal: either patronizing a local caravansary or ordering up some pizzas at my place depending on the wishes of the group.
Starting point will be the north parking lot of Gibbs Hall/Sun Eagles GC, Fort Monmouth NJ, about 3 miles from exit 105 on the Garden State Parkway. Directions: Exit GSP at exit 105 (eastbound on State Highway 36), and shift/merge immediately to the right for the NJ style cloverleaf left turn NB onto Hope Road. (And when I say immediately, I mean IMMEDIATELY!. The turn comes up RIGHT NOW after you exit the GSP.) Go north on Hope Road two or three lights to Tinton Ave (you will see Sun Eagles GC on your right as you approach Tinton). Turn right, then take the next right into Gibbs Hall/Suneagles GC, and meet in the parking lot right at that entrance. For those with GPS or who want to use Mapquest, my quarters in Sun Eagles GC are located at 23 Megill Circle, Eatontown NJ 07724. Ride leader's cell phone is (816) 838-9721. Fine Vintage lugged steel is encouraged, but all are welcome. Negotiations are ongoing to make this a BVVW sanctioned event, with sponsorship by that multi-planetary conglomerate G.S. Pergolizzi. Email me with any questions.
Cirque is coming! Make sure to road test that bike you're throwing together before some embarassing mechanical failure in Greensboro causes you shame and humiliation. Please RSVP so I know how many to expect. Ciao.
Tom Adams, Shrewsbury NJ
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