Join Date: Aug 2011
The Wolf Pack's Delaware Water Gap ride.
Was a 90% success. We lost 4 riders out of the group, but ended up with 6 and some new riding friends.
The morning start was a little chilly. I met Merc and his Dad at his house, then we rode down to Rt23 and met up with KC...the 3 of us then headed west, and picked up RT94 south all the way to Blairstown. Seamless and flawless !.
We met up with some longtime friends of Merc's and his dad's, and the diner was packed, so we just fueled up and headed towards the gap. Countless detours and piss poor signage in that part of Pennsy...jeezus !...missed the onramp for the bridge, and had to 180 it back around...right over the Delaware, the road we were taking was barricaded off. I looked for a way to go around, but was none up the road. We pulled a 180 again. Oddly, on the way back to that exit, it was open from the other side, so, home free !.
We went thru the bulk of the gap, NP, towards Stroudsburg. More detours, and I missed the road I wanted to take. We ended up taking 209N thru the business district (sucked). Construction and detours the whole way (they DID get hammered there in during that last bad storm.
Anyway, finally got into the park area, and turned up Bushkill Falls Rd. A lot of it was 30mph. Used to be 40-45...guess too many deaths. So, we meandered leisurely thru the heart of the Poconos, and ended up on Rt6 near Lake Wallenpaupack. Took that east to Milford, crossed back into the good part of Jersey and took 206 south. Stopped at Gyps Tavern in Lake Kittatinny again (same cute barmaid too...Chloe...see Merc, I remembered, lol), and as it turned out, all with us had been there before at one time or another. Just like home !
After eating and taking a group pic by the lake, we headed further south on 206. My spleen started acting up, so I cut off early and beelined home. The rest stayed together to somewhere around Oak Ridge Reservoir, then came back up Berkshire Valley Rd.
Was a great ride, met some fine new folks with whom I look fwd to riding with again, and was a great "close of the season" ride. Although Im not dismissing having yet another if the weather suits.
Merc took pics, but his cam became our only casualty. Fell off his handlebar mount at mebbe 40mph ?...we have yet to see if anything got saved. Hope so !