Broad Av now is below the steep-hill problem, and can be taken
north or south to get to various faraway places in New Jersey (such
as north and then west to Rochelle Park and the Ridgewood Duck
Distance from West end of GWB to intersection of Broad Av and
Walton St is around 3 miles.
Broad Av across Rt 46 to Wallington
Distance from Broad Av and Walton St skating to Wallington is
around 11-12 miles.
I found Broad Av to be mostly "broad" -- wide -- which made it
pleasant skating for me. Going thru Leonia there were some blocks
with angle parking, which I feel like I have to extra-careful with
in my skating, because a car might back out in front of me.
When I turned onto Rt 46 West-bound, there was no shoulder at
first, so at first I skated in the entrance ramp lane for a ways,
then found a shoulder I could move into. I think better next time
would be to turn west before reaching Rt 46, then taking Grand Av
south to turn onto Rt 46, because there I would have had a shoulder.
The Rt 46 bridge over Overpeck Creek had a sidewalk which had
rough and dirty sections, but I made it thru OK. I was concerned
about how I would get across the New Jersey Turnpike, but then I saw
a right turn into an Overpeck business center, which put me onto
Challenger Rd, and then I followed signs for Rt 46, which put me
going west on Emerson Rd, which ended at Teaneck Rd. I turned Right
on Teaneck, then Left on Christine(?), then Left again on Main St
(going South), and followed signs for Rt 46 West-bound.
The Rt 46 bridge over the Hackensack River had a sidewalk which
was rough and dirty in places, but I made it thru OK. Then there's a
big roundabout or traffic circle, and I used the pedestrian
cross-walks to get onto some streets which took me into Little
Ferry, which has some food stop possibilities. South a little, then
turn Right onto Red Neck Av, past the Teterboro Airport to its end,
Right on Moonachie (West-bound).
The traffic-light intersection and crossing of Moonachie over Rt
17 got complicated because for a short ways there were multiple
traffic lanes but no sidewalk, and then there was a sidewalk, and it
was all uphill or rough pavement or both. I think next time I would
walk on the dirt or grass where there is no sidewalk, then skate the
sidewalk on the bridge over Rt 17.
After crossing over Rt 17, turned Left on Jefferson St, Right on
Anderson (up steep hill), Left on Columbia which worked well for me.
Right on Hoboken Rd / Patterson Plank Rd up a long steep hill --
which I took mostly on the sidewalk that time. After the hill,
encountered a brief section of very slippery pavement (from oil or
water?) at a car-wash just east from the Dunkin Donuts at the
intersection with Willow Av, coming into Wallingford.
Wallington to Newark
Distance from Wallington skating to Newark Penn station around 10
Instead of going all the way west into Wallingford, I turned Left
onto Herrick Rd, which curved right and ended in a mod-steep
downhill into a stop-sign at Carlton Av. I turned Left to go South
on that, which later became Rt 507. Though it runs parallel to the
Passaic River, I didn't get to see much of the river. The pavement
was somewhat coarse in places, and there was a headwind, and rush
hour traffic was starting, so it wasn't much fun that time. Then the
pavement got nice further close by Newark.
I took the Bridge St bridge west across the Passaic River into
Newark, which had an OK sidewalk. McCarter Highway had lots of
traffic, so I went south on the new brick sidewalk on its east side
next to the river -- which was mostly OK, but got tricky in several
places because it was still under construction. There was also
something like a shoulder of the road on the east side, but that was
also obstructed by construction -- so maybe this section will get
better in the future. Then I turned left on some major street
(Raymond Blvd?) and that took me to Newark Penn station (NJ Transit
Maps: Hagstrom Essex county + Bergen county
KenR, May 2005: Newark to
Distance Newark Penn station skating to the NJ Transit train in
Linden is around 10-11 miles.
I started at Newark Penn Station (NJ Transit railroad) on a
weekday afternoon and skated east into the "Ironbound" section.
A simpler faster way which I tried a few days
later on skates is to go south from downtown Newark on Broad St,
almost to its end, Right on Wright St, Left on Freylinghuysen. (R on
Emmet St also works with more traffic, or when going in this
direction going all the way on Broad and R on Poinier St also works.
(Seemed to me that the southeast half of Pennsylvania Av around here
have better pavment then further northeast).
A way I tried another time on skates --
not quite as good as above -- is to go south from downtown Newark on Broad St,
past Clinton Av and a park, then Right on some street to Sherman
Av to Freylinghuysen. (because the northeast half of
Pennsylvania Av is mostly coarse-stone and rough pavement).
I went on various streets going south and a bit west thru
Ironbound, then took South St west
underneath the railroad tracks, and across McCarter Highway - Rt 21. Continued further south and a bit west on
various to get on Frelinghuysen Av - Rt 27 and took that underneath
On Freylinghuysen Av further southeast, I
found that for some sections the sidewalk was much smoother than
much of the street. Especially for doing underneath Interstate 78.
But before also going underneath Rt 22, I turned right onto
Empire St, west and then curving south, then across Meeker Av into
Weeqahic Park, then bear Left to go on the road (mostly smooth, some
rough) along the east side of the lake, which was pretty, then curve
left toward southeast around an open field.
Exited from Weeqahic Park by turning Right onto Dayton St (rough).
After a ways, I made a half-Left onto Ludlow St, quick Left on
Wharton St to its end.
Or from Dayton take the full Left onto Evergreen,
first Right on Hanford St (smoothly paved), Left on Wharton St to Freylinghuysen.
(Van Vechten was very rough when I tried it). Or from Dayton after a
school building (but a little before Evergreen), turn into a paved
school playground, then exit Right on to Hanford St (smoothly
paved), Left on Wharton St to its end at Freylinghuysen.
Another way from Dayton is to take the
full Left onto Evergreen, first Right on Hanford St, Left on Wharton
St to Freylinghuysen. (Van Vechten was very rough when I tried it).
Another way I tried a few days earlier was
after a little ways on Dayton, turned Left into a well-paved drive
thru an apartment complex and came out at Freylinghuysen Av.
On an earlier day, I tried continuing further
on Dayton St (later
became one-way against me), and turned Left on Cross Av, then Left
(east) on North Av -- lots of traffic for two or three blocks,
which I avoided by going onto the sidewalk, and the sidewalk got
narrow at times, then skated on the street underneath railroad
tracks, then turned Right onto Madison Av.
Turned Right onto Freylinghuysen Av and went to traffic light for
McClellan St (possible drink-food stop at McDonalds on corner), turned Left onto
McClellan which took me under the railroad
tracks. Turned Right (south) onto Floral Av, which becomes Madison
Av, and went a long ways on this to its end (later gets more
coarse-stone and sometimes rough.
Continued south onto Bridge St,
turned Right (west) onto Pearl St. I crossed Broad St onto parking
lot and sidewalk of Pearl St (because Pearl St here is one-way
east-bound), then turn Left onto Washington Av.
Another way I tried to avoid some of the
coarse + rough sections on Madison, and see more of downtown
Elizabeth -- was to turn Right off Madison Av before its end, onto
Magnolia. Then half-Left onto East Broad St (Jefferson Av is another
way to reach this intersection, but it has more rough pavement).
East Broad goes to a tricky interesection with North Broad St
underneath two railroad lines, which does not permit a Left turn.
(This route works better in opposite direction. A way to avoid it in
this direction would be to use Grand Av or Elizabeth Av instead of
East Broad). Anyway I carefully found a way to go Left anyway
onto Broad St going southwest into downtown Elizabeth. Straight
across intersection with Elizabeth Av with some nasty ridges and
grooves. Then Right on sidewalk alongside Pearl, Left (south) on
South on Washington Av, bear Right onto Lidgerwood Av, with
unexpected stop sign at Garden St where uncoming left-turn traffic
does not yield or stop. Lidgerwood Av
continues south across Bayway Av - Rt 439, and when it crosses Park
Av it changes name to Linden Av, where I found mostly nice pavement with a
very wide traffic lane and few parked cars. The last few blocks in
the city of Linden to Wood Av got narrow and with more parked cars,
so I got off onto a side streets -- and thus reached the Linden
railroad station (NJ Transit).
Maps: Hagstrom Union county + Essex county
KenR, May 2005: Linden -
Perth Amboy - Keyport - Rumson - Long Branch
Distance from the NJ Transit train station in Linden to the shore
at Long Branch is around 40 miles. I skated it on a weekday in
dry weather and dry road surface. I was mostly having a good time
until I got to Leonardsville Rd and the Locust Av / Grand Av detour
-- and then a stiff headwind all on Rt 36 all the way from Sea
Bright into Long Branch. Next time if I know the Locust Av bridge is
not complete, I think I either would not do this tour at all, or
else I'd figure out some way to finish thru Atlantic Highlands to
Sandy Hook (instead of finishing at Long Branch) -- unless I had a
pretty good tailwind from the north to help me down Rt 36 to Long
In Linden I got onto Elm St going southwest, left on
high-traffic Stiles St, right on Amon Terrace to its end, right on
Blancke St going southwest, which becomes Whittier and goes into
Rahway. Cross Grand Av onto Irving St going south under the
train tracks to its end next to the Rahway train station. Left
on Milton Av, quick Right onto Main St, Left onto Hazelwood Av,
going east alongside the Rahway River and underneath Rt 1 and cross
Rt 514. Then Right on Hart St to its end, Left on Randolph Av
into Middlesex County.
Instead of going all the way to Carteret, I turned Right onto
Blair Rd and went south a long ways to its end. I got onto
Port Reading Av to go East over the NJ Turnpike, then immediately
turned off Right onto Old Rd, south a ways to join West Av, which
becomes State St and continued south into Perth Amboy. I took
Smith St going west thru the business district of Perth Amboy --
plenty of traffic, but I liked seeing all the retail shops,
including a couple of bakeries.
Left on Rt 35 South and across the new bridge over the wide mouth of
the Raritan River. The bridge had both a shoulder and a
sidewalk on the south-bound side. Sizable climb to get up to
the middle, then a sizable downhill to get to the other side.
Rt 35 goes into a big traffic circle under Rt 9, and there was
construction which made the traffic pattern kinda tricky. I
exited the traffic circle southeast onto Main St of South Amboy.
I soon turned Right onto Scott Av (perhaps Laurel might have
worked as well), then Left on Ridgeway Av, which went thru a dark
tunnel underneath railroad tracks, with a narrow lane, on north side
of tunnel was sidewalk with some rather rough pavement at its ends.
The street then changed name to become Stevens Av. I turned Right on
Bordentown, Left on South Pine Av
and went southeast a ways. Just before road splits and one-way sign,
Left on Gabriel, which became Morris to its end, then Right on
Midland Ave to its end at Rt 35, then a short ways east on the
north-side sidewalk to the traffic-light intersection of Tyler St
with Rt 35, and there crossed over to the Rt 35 South-bound lanes.
Just after a bridge over the Cheesequake River, near the Old
Bridge Beach Park and police station, I got onto a road parallel to
Rt 35 along its north side, then onto sidewalk and walked up a
flight of concrete stairs, continued a short ways east on sidewalk.
Turned Left on the first street (? Shore Circle ?), which soon
curved right to go east above Morgan Beach with some great views
over the water of Raritan Bay, until reached a parking lot at
the end of Laurence Parkway. Stopped here for a snack.
Then continued East on Rt 35 a ways (skating on the north-side
shoulder, some rough spots and pebbles -- next time I'd prefer the
east-bound shoulder on the south side). At traffic light for
Birchwood and Raritan, turned Left on Raritan to its end, Left on
Ocean Blvd which crosses creek and becomes Lakesure Dr (coarse-stone
pavement), Left on Greenwood Av (coarse-stone pavement) which
becomes West Concourse, then joins Cliffwood (going south). I turned
Left on Sweetbriar, then Right and Left to go east on Amboy Av.
Next time perhaps turn off Cliffwood earlier,
like maybe Beverly to Prospect to Amboy.
Amboy Av becomes Front St into the village of Keyport, with lots
Could get more seaside views (and
coarser-stone pavement) by turning Left onto American Legion
Drive, then Left again onto First Ave.
I went thru Keyport on Front St, then Left on Broad St (county Rt
4) down to
the water, Right on First St (county Rt 6), which becomes Broadway into village of
Union Beach. Then bear left onto Florence Av down toward
water. I turned left on Dock St to its end, Right on Front St for
some water views.
Actually I think next time skipping Dock St
and continuing on Florence to its end would yield enough views.
Bear Right it becomes Union Av. Then I turned Left onto the Rail
Last year I found that the Rail Trail
can be reached from the Matawan train station, by going northeast
on Main St, then just after going over the Garden State Parkway,
bear Right onto Gerard Ave, and then I found the west end of the
Rail Trail at the intersection with Lloyd Rd, Broadway, Clark St
(just north of GS Parkway exit 17).
Rail Trail crossed a street (? Rose Lane ?). Then I continued
east on the Rail Trail, north of a lake, then across another street,
Central Av, and I turned Right onto Laurel Av.
Perhaps next time I'd just continue on the
Rail Trail to Main St and Port Monmouth Rd, to avoid the
Left on Tenth St (coarser-stone pavement) which became Church St
(coarser-stone pavement), Right on Main St, and I stopped for a
snack at a bakery. Then Left on Port Monmouth Rd (county Rt 7
East) (smooth at
first, then coarser-stone pavement, then a bike lane on its south
Right on Church St, bear Left becomes Broadway to its end,
Right on Main St, Left on East Rd, across Rt 36, then Left on
Leonardville Rd to its end (mostly 2-3 foot shoulder, but
coarser-stone pavement and more traffic than I expected).
Next time I think I'd try either the Rt 36
shoulder or the Rail Trail east to its end at Avenue D --
instead of Leonardville Rd.
I got on Rt 36 going east a
ways, then saw something about the Locust Av bridge being closed,
and so found myself going south on Grand Av (rough pavement and at
least one hill and more car and truck traffic than I
would have liked -- pretty bad on skates), to Locust Point Rd.
I crossed the Navesink River on Rt 8A (Oceanic Bridge?) was
rather pretty. In Rumson I soon turned Left onto East River Rd, Left
on Meadowbrook for a block to a little river view, Right on Avenue of Two
Left onto Black Point Rd, Right on Navesink Av, Left onto Hartshorne Lane
(some rough pavement in its east-most block), and Right on Ward Av, then had to
deal with some vehicle traffic on Rumson Rd - Rt 520 to get to the
sidewalk to the bridge to east across the channel into Sea Bright.
Then south on Rt 36 a few miles to Long Branch, then Right onto
South Broadway, some other streets to Third Street to the New Jersey
station of Long Branch and went home on the NJ Transit train.