Today's adventure was Mantua, Wenonah, Woodbury Heights,
Deptford, Blackwood and Grenloch
Post: (1) Today was unexpected. I go where the road takes
me. Today it took me to Mantua, Wenonah, Woodbury Heights, Deptford,
Grenloch, Blackwood & Washington Township. I covered 51 miles
today throughout this part of south jersey. Mostly straight away
flat roads & neighborhood exploration. Another cold one out
there but you need to #FightForIt so #FitDontQuit Great #biking
THE RIDE: The ride today took unexpected twists and turns.
I honestly started off with the intention of doing the Gloucester
Township Health and Wellness Trail but it wasn't meant to be.
In fact I did the Grenloch (2) warm up and decided that exploring
neighborhoods was something that interest me. I then had the idea
to go out further then I have gone before.
I worked my way over to Sawyers Creek (3), Millstream Apartments
(4) and Willow Ridge (5) zig zagging around but not to worried
if I didn't cover the entire neighborhoods. At this point I returned
to Blackwood Barnsboro Road and made the decision to head out
to 5 points. Honestly, I was a bit worried because its a heavy
congested intersection but this was Sunday morning so I went for
it. Crossing major roads at lights and hugging the shoulder always
thinking safety first.
At 5 points, I took Delsea Drive for a very long straight away
stretch that allowed me to go after speed as well as distance.
I had to cross on and off ramps for a major highway (Route 55)
but that was the only challenging part on this stretch. Very wide
shoulders made for good, safe conditions. I made a hard left onto
Cattell Road and the a right onto Glassboro Road. I skipped a
lot of potential neighborhoods but my goal here was to reach Oak
Valley then work my way home.
Off of Glassboro Road, I made a left onto Ogdon Road. This is
the road I needed to be on in order to reach my destination. I
passed the Wenonah Lake on my right and eventually came upon Georgetown
Mews (6) which is a apartment complex on Ogdon Road right in front
of Oak Valley (7). I remember Oak Valley as being large but did
not remember just how large it actually is. I biked what felt
like a ridiculous amount of miles in Oak Valley and thought that
I covered it well. Looking at my GPS map, I missed a ton of it.
It is a poorly designed neighborhood which allows one to easily
become distracted to where they have been. At one point I came
out on Princeton Blvd., which I knew put me back onto Ogdon so
I just began the journey home.
I did go through some of the side streets in Wenonah (8) including
a ride by the Swim Club but like Oak Valley, there is a lot more
of this neighborhood and town I could bike through. As I exited
onto Mantua Avenue, I opted to take Bankbridge Road instead of
back tracking to Cattell. Following this road put (9) Bridlewood
Estates on my right so I did bike through this small development.
I then got back to Delsea Drive and headed for 5 points again.
It was here that I choose to make a left onto Delsea Drive, passing
Willow Ridge (5) on my right and continuing a path I did earlier
this month which led to making a right on Good Intent Road. This
now put me back in the Blackwood Terrace (10) area along with
Hunters Gate and Heritage Woods (11). As I exited Heritage Woods
onto Good Intent Road, I was now close to the Blackwood Lake by
Church Street. Still having a couple miles to home, I noticed
that 50 miles on the day was within my reach so like many times
before, I used the surrounding neighborhoods off of Railroad Avenue
(12), Blackwood estates (13) and Grenloch Park Manor (1) by zig
zagging along until I hit the half century mark.
I realized something else today, the cold doesn't bother me.
After a couple miles I'm actually sweating. I dress appropriately
so I manage the conditions. The heat on the other hand definitely
knocked me out a few times this summer. It has been a great weekend