NYC to Florida – Day 1


Woke up in: Bridgewater, New Jersey
Fell asleep in: New Hope, Pennsylvania
Miles ridden: 32
Weather: Sunny-ish but not warm (a bit like cycling on a nice day in early November) and very windy

Today we finally started our big bike ride – hurrah! We didn’t get anywhere near as far as we would have liked though, as we weren’t able to start riding until after 1pm because the gears on Will’s bike weren’t working at all. He’s done some impressive technical jiggery-pokery which means he has some gears, but not the ones he needs for hills: not ideal for him as the 30 miles we did today were pretty darn undulating. Off to the bike shop we jolly well cycle tomorrow…

Technical issues and low mileage aside, it was a good first day, cycling mainly through a series of pretty and affluent looking rural areas as well as the very small village of Neshanic Station in New Jersey. On our travels we met a very friendly driver and some fellow cyclists all keen to know where we were off to. ‘Florida’, we said as each and everyone of them looked at us in disbelief and wished us well!

We left New Jersey this afternoon via the well-heeled looking town of Lambertville, and are spending the night in New Hope, Pennsylvania, which is directly across the Delaware River from Lambertville.

We’re in a B+B tonight, but if we can make it the 68 miles to the first campsite tomorrow, we’ll be trying out the tent (BIG ‘if’!). I’ll let you know how it goes…

And yes, before anyone asks, I am a tad saddlesore already!

About silkakt

I love to explore countries on foot or by bicycle. An English woman, I moved to the south of Spain in September 2020 and I have dreams of encouraging more people to discover this amazing country by walking its various Camino routes. To date, I've walked the French Camino from St Jean in France, the Portuguese Camino from Lisbon (interior route, not coastal) and the Camino Primitivo from Oviedo. I have also walked a fair few long distance trails in the UK, including all of the National Trails in England and Wales, and a couple of long walks in beautiful Scotland.
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