Odd Sunday Sundae Rides

I want to extend an invitation to our Delaware Valley Trike Riders’ Club members and our other cycling friends and family to join an informal and nearly bi-weekly cardio-training* ride, beginning Sunday, August 9, 2015, from Lambertville, NJ to Frenchtown, NJ and back. On odd-dated Sundays I’m moving my training ride to this location. Making use of both the D&R trail and Rte. 29, the total route is about 30 miles long, moving at a baseline pace between 11 and 13 MPH (on the gravel surface**), the ride is often punctuated with higher-speed sprints throughout. Speeds on the highway will be somewhat faster. During August, this ride begins at 8:00 AM.

*Note: This is not a leisurely ride. This ride is meant to produce a cardio challenge resulting in increased heart rate, lots of sweat and overall fatigue while increasing strength and stamina.
**Note: Riding on gravel requires about 20% more energy than riding on a smoothly paved surface.

Warning: Consultation with your trusted physician should be seriously considered before attempting this strenuous exercise activity.

I will be taking a brief rest break in Frenchtown, snacking at Maria’s Cafe, before returning.

This will be a regularly scheduled ride that I hope you can participate in. The only times that this ride will be canceled will be when the date conflicts with one of our monthly club rides or if the weather is bad.

Registration is not necessary but it is encouraged. If I know you are coming and you are running a few minutes late, I’ll wait.

Start Location Details:
Parking is available in a small lot located on River Road, a couple hundred feet south from the Rte. 202 exit for Rte. 29, for “Lambertville & Stockton.” This is the first exit when crossing the Delaware River from PA into NJ, the last exit in NJ before crossing into PA.
Geo Location: 40.380023, -74.951699

I look forward to riding with with you.
Wayne K

Stockton – Frenchtown “Do Over” Club Ride

This post was edited on 6/18/2015 to correct the name of the trail. We will be riding the D&R trail in New Jersey to Frenchtown, not the D&L trail in Pennsylvania. 

I would like to invite you to join our Delaware Valley Trike Riders’ Club “Do Over” ride on Saturday, June 20, 2015 (starting 9:30 AM sharp). There were a few disappointed members who missed our first ride this season and a few new members requesting a Saturday ride, so this will be our second-chance “Do Over” ride. Starting in Stockton, NJ (at the Prallsville Mills/Stockton Visitor’s Center) we will cycle north along the D&R (mistakenly referred to as “D&L” when originally posted) Canal trail to Frenchtown, NJ, returning via Rte. 29. While in Frenchtown, we will take a brief break at Marie’s Cafe (snack, restroom, stretch) before returning.

Please Register your intent to ride via email or phone or a comment to this post (please include your phone number, it will remain protected), by 8:00 AM, Friday, June 19, 2015. This is a fair-weather event and trail conditions may be affected by heavy rain within 24 hours prior to ride. Please include your phone number with your registration – if Ride Is Canceled, I will call you, or text you if you prefer, between 6:00 and 6:30 AM on the day of the ride (sooner if conditions are clearly dreadful).

Key Points:
Arrive early – After a brief introduction the Ride Starts at 09:30 AM sharp, Saturday, June 20, 2015. This is a 24 mile round trip, and is mostly flat. Average speed: 10 mph (faster speeds when on highway return leg). Mixed trail surfaces: bike-friendly highway, paved trail, hard-pack gravel, hard-pack dirt with spotty grass. Mostly shaded and tree-lined closely following the Delaware River. No one left behind and we will stop for breakdowns. There are several opportunities for breakaway sprints. Several restroom opportunities are available along the trail.

Please familiarize yourself with Preparation Guidelines and Rules for Club Rides.
Trip Sheet, and Map are available (but you likely won’t need it for this ride).

Cautionary Note:
This is a summer season ride so please prepare for yourself accordingly: adequate hydration, snack/power bars and protection from sun.

Geo-Coordinates:
Prallsville Mills/Stockton NJ Visitor’s Center: (40.409095, -74.984901)
Frenchtown NJ: (40.526301, -75.063015)

I look forward to riding with you!
Wayne K

Re-cap “Trikers’ Choice” Ride

The Delaware Valley Trike Riders’ held their first ride of 2015, on a beautiful Saturday morning (May 2). It was a small group that set out from Stockton to Frenchtown, NJ and back. In addition to enjoying the beautiful springtime vistas including the clear running waters of the Delaware River and the towering natural stone pillar of Devil’s Peak, we shared plenty of warm sunshine and warm conversation as we pedaled along the tree-lined D&R Trail.

Delaware Valley Trike Riders at the end of the "Trikers' Choice" Ride.

Delaware Valley Trike Riders at the end of the “Trikers’ Choice” Ride, outside the site of the Prallsville Mills,  Stockton, NJ.

Upcoming rides will continue to be announced and we hope that you can join us.
Remember, if you would like to lead a ride, or suggest a future ride, please feel free to do so.

I look forward to riding with you!
Wayne K

Ride Event: Meet, Greet, Shiver and Roll 12/21/14

I’d like to invite any hardy souls among us to join me on Sunday, December 21, 2014 for the FIRST Delaware Valley Trike Riders’ Club Winter Solstice Ride of 2014!

The Ride:
Prallsville Mills/Stockton NJ Visitors Center to Frenchtown NJ.
24 mile round trip.
• Please arrive early. Ride will depart the Visitors Center at 11:00 AM – Sharp. Ride expected to end no later than 2:00 PM.
• Primary Route: To & From via the D&R Trail is conservatively about 2.25 hours ride time.
• Optional Route: To via the D&R Trail and From via Rte 29 is about 1.75 hours ride time.
Note: Rte 29 and the D&R Trail run parallel.
• Trip Sheets and Maps will be available online to print (check back later): https://delvaltrikeriders.wordpress.com/ride-archive/

Registration:
If you plan to join me please contact me no later than 8:00 PM Saturday, December 19, 2014.
• via email, please include your phone number so that I can contact you for cancellation if necessary (I will call by 7:30 AM on the day of the ride).
• via Telephone or Text – if I have your email address you will find a message directly from me with my telephone number. *Sorry, we’ve got to agree on an email address list to reduce duplicate notices. With your consent I can post a Members Only email & phone list behind a password.
• via website comment – again, please leave your name and telephone number. All comments are moderated and your comment/personal information will not be posted.

Weather:
Weather is currently (7:00 AM, 12/18/14) predicted to be sunny and clear with 4 mph breezes from the north. Temperatures expected to peak at 42 degrees soon after we start and hold for the duration of the ride. I will cancel this ride if inclement weather (rain/snow) moves in or if temperatures shift downward closer to freezing. This is a flat course so we shouldn’t expect stragglers though I do plan to stop mid-way to regroup. We will also stop for breakdowns.

Preparation:
It will be cold. Dress in warm, wind-breaking layers. Keep Hands, Feet and Face well protected. Helmets are required and a waiver of liability must be signed (at the parking lot). Earphones and calling “Clear” at any time are forbidden. Terrain and road surfaces can be unpredictable in winter so prepare for environmental and mechanical glitches (bring spare inner tube, tools, air pump or CO2). Bring adequate hydration – water is only available at the turn-around in Frenchtown.

Parking:
Parking is available at the Visitors Center and at the Mill located adjacent to and north of the Visitors Center. NOTE: As you approach the parking areas from the south – SLOW DOWN – or you may miss them on the left. The driveway to the first lot at the Visitors Center (traveling North on Rte 29) is both ingress and egress. The next driveway is the egress from the Mill’s parking lot. About 100 yards farther north is the mostly unmarked ingress to the Mill’s parking lot – look carefully because it is a very sharp left turn into the lot (nearly doubling back and below the grade from Rte 29). This driveway is directly across from the small street named “Worman Rd.” If you reach the fork in the road (left, Rte 29; right Rte 519) then you have gone too far.

Visitors Center is at about 22 Risler St, Stockton NJ 08559 (40.409095, -74.984901).
Prallsville Mills is at about 40.411113, -74.986219.
Note: Google Street View can provide a great visual of this location.

Description:
This will be an easy ride at a moderate pace (10-ish MPH… we’ll see what everyone is up for) following the D&R Feeder Canal and State Park trail. This trail is nearly flat and consists of mostly densely packed gravel and hard-packed dirt with a few portions paved. The absence of foliage will allow excellent views of the Delaware River and adjacent farms, though the dense tree lines will keep us mostly in shade.

There are a several places to take a rest stop along the way (porta-potty) and there is a full-service rest opportunity (food, restrooms, etc.) in Frenchtown. On any sunny day we’ll find several other cyclists hanging out with coffee, sandwiches, cakes, etc., at Maria’s and the adjacent bike shop, “Cycle Corner.” Because of the cool temperatures we will not linger long at the Frenchtown turn-around.

Optional Route:
Upon returning, and depending on the group’s consensus, we can make our return, southward trip, via Rte 29. This highway has wide shoulders and is locally a primary training route for road bikes and most local drivers are very aware of cyclists using this highway. The return trip via Rte 29 also provides a very long downhill ride on a paved surface with a few opportunities to switch back onto the Canal Trail if desired.

I’m looking forward to riding with you!
Wayne K