Awesome! Thanks for sharing. We were holding a tailgate safety meeting in the parking lot this past Sunday, and wondering why more people don't take advantage of the double track for longer rides, or even to give some mix to a standard PBT ride.I took a long ride through Wharton State Forest on Saturday. Started at Batsto trailhead and went up the west side (clockwise) of the orange trail. Just before the halfway point I turned north on the double track heading toward Tuckerton Rd. Took Tuckerton to Carranza (north of the memorial). Headed south on Carranza to the memorial. There at the memorial I had snack and then turned east and headed toward Apple Pie Hill. Snapped a couple of pics. Then headed south passing through Eagle, then west to Friendship. Snapped couple of more pics. Left going south toward Washington. After crossing Hawkins Bridge I took the first right and back to Batsto. The double track roads were firm and easy to ride for the most part.
I would like to believe that even governor Byrne thought it odd that Lebanon State Forest was not renamed John McPhee State Forest. Just because.... On a somewhat related note, some of my first mtn bike rides in the late 80's were at Lebanon State Forest - now Brenden Byrne - and I remember some fun stuff there. An old enduro moto loop called the "poker run", for example. I find it odd there is no sub-forum for the area on mtbnj?
Pic is small and hard to see but that looks like a Hognose SnakeSaw this bad boy on the way to Franklin Parker Preserve:
Awesome! Northern Pine Snakes. This is a threatened Species in New Jersey. Looks like some snake porno going on.
Its so wet out there, that its going to be a bad year for the vampire bullfrogs. Best bet is to open and tape a plastic shopping bag around the lower half of your helmet to cover/protect your neck. If you're really worried about being bitten, wrapping a bath towel around your neck is the safest, but warmest, option.