I spent last week vacationing at the Jersey Shore. Our family rented a great property on 27th Street in Avalon. Anyone who knows me knows I like to run and sometimes I overdo it. So while I was nursing some leg injuries due to running, my wife and I thought it would be a great idea to rent bikes and ride them throughout the week. Avalon has a bike shop right around the corner from where we were staying and we figured the biking would be less impact on my delicate knees. The price was also right at about $65 per week per bike. Sounds like the perfect storm!
The first three days of our vacation, we took daily bike rides into Stone Harbor all the way to the point. The point is the southern most tip of 7 mile island in Stone Harbor. Avalon and Stone Harbor has to be one of the best places ever to bike ride. The island is about 7 miles long and has a bicycle lane that covers most of the island. The traffic and visitors are also very well trained at yielding to and respecting bike riders. This was great fun with my family as I pulled the baby buggy, but midway through the vacation week I became a little ambitious. I started the day (Wednesday) out with a quick 2 mile run (yes, many of us run while hurting while we should be resting) to the northern end of Avalon and back. My wife was planning an afternoon at the beach with my daughter and the rest of the family. I really wasn’t up for the beach that day so I figured: perfect opportunity to explore a little further and maybe even get some good video and pictures for the Jersey Shore Rentals website. About 9:30am, I decided I wanted to ride the bike to Cape May. This would be a challenge for me since I am a very inexperienced bike rider. Since I am an experienced runner (I recently finished the New Jersey 1/2 marathon), I was a little cocky about this bike ride thinking: “This should be no big deal.”
After the trip was over, I was hurting. I should not have been so ignorant and disrespectful to the bike (thinking since I was in running shape, I could ride a bike). I completed the ride in about 5 total hours for a total of approximately 37 miles. This included stopping along the way to admire the awesome Jersey Shore scenery. Now that it’s over, I’m so happy that I did this. This is a totally different perspective than riding in a car. I’ve taken this trip many times in a car, but it’s just not the same as on a bike and you really get to appreciate it in a different way. The bike also allows you to stop and take everything in at any point you want. My favorite part of the trip was from the top of the bridge overlooking the Cape May canal (amazing view) on the parkway. Sunset Lake in Wildwood Crest is another place that I never knew about but discovered on this trip. As shown by the name, this is the ideal place to watch the sun set if you are staying in the area! In a car you can’t take it all in since your traveling to Cape May at about 55 miles per hour.
Although I was sore and sweating for a great deal of the trip, I did manage to get some great videos and pictures to share with you. I plan to post video and images in subsequent posts as I’m still trying to determine the best way to host and display them. Thursday of vacation week I rested and Friday my in-laws volunteered to watch our 3 year old daughter. My wife and I took off together on Friday and had another great ride. This time we headed north, stopping in Sea Isle City (about 42nd street). This was another great ride only a little shorter.