Biking Sandy Hook

by Ed Magdziak • June 12, 2016 • Photography, Shore To Please, TravelComments (0)1011

We biked the Sandy Hook trail today and we couldn’t have asked for better weather. Well except for the wind but I’ll get to that.

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This morning, when Alice suggested we go to Sandy Hook to ride our bikes today, I got as excited as I did when I was a young boy and our mom would wake us up to tell us we were going “down the shore.” We have recently got into biking again and have been pretty hardcore about it. We had biked the Sandy Hook bike trail before but hadn’t been here to bike for many years. Too many.

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We parked at the upper part of the path near the Sandy Hook lighthouse, unloaded the bikes and after a quick picture for Instagram, of course, off we went. The ride south along the path was wonderful. The twisting path, shaded by trees, was not too crowded and made for a nice ride. The flowers in this part of the path were quite fragrant.

We continued along the path passing various beaches and the visitor center. Alice took a break at the last rest area and I continued along the southern part of the path riding past the fee plaza and riding about a mile into Sea Bright before turning around.

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This is where the wind came into the picture. It was fierce. I met back up with Alice and we continued back. We had to use the lowest of our gears fighting the wind. Sand was whipping around. We weren’t the only people having trouble in the wind. Bikers were pulling off to the side of the path and waiting it out. We persevered and rewarded ourselves by a stop at the Fishing Beach to put our feet in the ocean. It was bliss.

We pedaled back to Fort Hancock area and took a spin around the northern tip of the island riding past Battery Potter and the lighthouse.

It was a wonderful time and we recommend it to cyclists of any age or experience level. On the way out we saw kite surfers in Sandy Hook Bay having a blast. Hmm. Maybe we will do that next time.

Check out all the pictures from our ride up and down Sandy Hook:

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