Waywayanda 2012 (After Hurricane Sandy)
Hurricane Sandy had turned the lifes of many of us here in New Jersey upside down. After 2 weeks some of us are finally regaining some sense of normalcy. So with today’s temps expected to get up into the mid 60’s we planned a group ride at Waywayanda. The days weather did turn out to be great unfortunately the conditions at Waywayanda were less than ideal. Hurricane Sandy left her mark all along the mountain. Almost all the leaves are off the trees covering the trail. This is making it difficult to always know where the trail is while fallen branches lie in wait to destroy an unsuspecting derailleur. Other trails like the Pines are so littered with fallen trees that the trail is unable to be ridden at this time. Despite the condition of the trails we still had a great ride. It was just nice to be out on a great day with friends sharing the experience of a ride.
Waywaynda is less ridden than some other area parks such as Ramapo Ringwood and Jungle habitat but making the trek an additional 1/2 hour northwest provides riders with a trail system that has a remote immense feel. The trails are varied from loamy northern cedar marshes to twisty technical rhododendron groves, to rocky ridgelines that lead to some amazing views of the park.
I am hoping that trail conditions will improve over the next couple of weeks so that the annual Thanksgiving day ride will be on. (rideyourbike.us will post Thanksgiving day rides)
Get Outside and Enjoy the Ride