How could we go on an adventure through the Northeastern US without heading in to see New York City! So we took the quick spur from Lambertville into Maplewood (from which we could take a train to the city), crossing New Jersey. Riding out of the Delaware valley, we headed through a somewhat flatter landscape, through the suburbs of the Garden State! You can see Halloween is coming !!!
On our way, we got hosted by Reverend Vicki and her husband, who let us pitch our tent in their backyard!
It was an intense ride, but definitely worth it! In Maplewood, we got to stay at Denis’s house, we got to meet his family, and spent some really good time with him there! He let us leave our stuff at his house while we went to visit the city, and even took us on the NYC Highline to start off our day! We had a great time together in Maplewood too, playing frisbee in the park (by the way, Maplewood is supposedly the birthplace of Ultimate Frisbee!), walking through the collective vegetable gardens, trying out new ice cream flavors… and we even went to a reading of a book & debate on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict! (see we can be serious sometimes)
In leaving New Jersey, Denis rode with us for the first 20 miles out of Maplewood, up to the Raritan canal. So now it’s bye bye New Jersey, off to Philly!