The Rally starts at the Campgaw Mountain Reservation ski area at 200 Campgaw Road, Mahwah, NJ, with easy access to nearby major highways.
The short rides stay in the Bergen County area near Mahwah, NJ. The longer rides head towards Morris County and its many scenic country roads, including the Splitrock Reservoir and Black River Wildlife Area. (Pic below of Splitrock Reservoir--maybe you can get off your bike and go swimming?)
The century midpoint is in the charming town of Chester. The 125-mile route includes a challenging climb up Schooleys Mountain but rewards its participants with a great descent. There will also be a series of led rides for all distances departing at set start times, for those who prefer to ride in a group. But the routes are well-marked and detailed cue sheets will of course be supplied.
For registrations postmarked by Aug 1, riders will receive a free six-pack insulated cooler.
There will be six well-stocked rest stops featuring home-baked goods, and SAG support backed up by ham radio operators. [Note from editor, hopefully the "ham" operators won't have taken some samples from your beer cooler, and will be able to radio your exact position when you get a flat.]
Register at www.active.com or download form and get additional information at
www.btcnj.com/ramaporally . Before Aug 1, registration is $25 for BTCNJ members, $30 for non-members, afterwards $30 for BTCNJ members and $35 for non-members; day-of is $35 for all.
We’ll have a light meal back at the start site for returning riders, as well as music and a merchandise tent.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Camp Sunshine, a camp for multiply-handicapped children and young adults, located in Ridgewood NJ."
For those of you who are still skeptical about the greenery in New Jersey, here is a quote from Wikipedia about Schooley's Mountain, which the Ramapo Rally will pass through:
Schooley's Mountain is an unincorporated community in Washington Township, in Morris County, New Jersey, named for the Schooley family who owned a considerable amount of land there in the 1790s, is on Schooley's Mountain, a mountain with an elevation of about 1,000 feet directly north of Long Valley. It rises 600 feet above the surrounding valley, located about 45 miles from New York City. It contains many housing developments and Schooley's Mountain Park, a recreational area with an overlook, a waterfall, and numerous hiking paths, as well as Lake George. In its past, Schooley's Mountain was a resort and an estate. The Lenni Lenape Native Americans called it home.The Vanderbilts were among the numerous New York City socialites who trekked to the mountain for its restorative waters. The rich chalybeate-infused waters were thought to improve health, detoxify the system, and generally "make it all better". Schooley's Mountain County Park offers active and passive recreation on 797 acres. The park was acquired by the Morris County Parks Commission in 1968 and opened to the public in 1974.
So how could you pass up a place where the Lenni Lenape indian tribe lived, and where later the Vanderbilts trekked and bathed in the rich chalybeate-infused waters!
Be there or be square!