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NEW GPS UPLOADS 2/10/2018
GREAT ALL AMERICAN DINER RUN
Layton General Store: 60 mile ride from the former Red Apple Rest, Southfields, NY to Layton, NJ. A little piece of Greece in NJ - Great Gyros!
Indian Lake Restaurant: Here's on for Americade - 200 mile loop from Lake George to Indian Lake for lunch
Sorrenti's Pizza: 90 mile ride from the former Red Apple Rest, Southfields, NY to Pizza and Winery in Saylorsburg, PA
Elias Cole: A great place for a meal and SAVE ROOM FOR PIE. 95 miles starting from the George Washington Bridge to Sussex, NJ
Gunk Haus: So good we'll give you two routes to Highland NY, one from Great Barrington MA (72 miles) and one from the GWB (97 miles)
Water Wheel Cafe: In the peaceful burg of Milford PA. 115 miles starting from the George Washington Bridge
Dottie Audrey's Cafe: A wonderful spot for breakfast, lunch or dessert and coffee. 70 miles from Sleepy Hollow NY to Tuxedo Park, NY
Lunch Ride to Maggie's Krooked Cafe: 100 mile ride to a quirky cafe in Hunter, NY from the old site of the Red Apple Rest
Lunch Ride to Blue Mountain Drive-In: 104 mile ride from Kosco Harley-Davidson to the Blue Mountain Drive-In, Danielsville, PA
Reigelsville Hotel and Restaurant: 111 mile ride from Kinnellon NJ to Reigelsville, PA
Best Crab Cakes in Maryland: 85 mile ride from Lancaster, PA to Stoney Creek Inn, outskirts of Baltimore, MD
Short Ride with Great Food and Mystery: It's only 50 miles, but you'll have the best breakfast in NJ and see some strange stuff
Vanilla Bean Cafe: 100 miles from Max's BMW to the Vanilla Bean Cafe, a motorcycle's haven
The Boat House Lunch Ride: 75 mile O/W starting from Augusta, NJ to Ossining, NY.
Lunch Ride to the Country: 130 mile O/W ride to a true throwback to yesteryear with some amazing Greek food, the Layton Country Store.
Park your bike and Raise your Fork: 100 mile O/W to the cutest little find in Northeast PA, the Forklift Cafe. Remember to save room for dessert, or at least a spot in your saddlebag to take some home.
GAADR or We're Outta Here; you decide: 90 miles from Skyline Drive in Ringwood, NJ, the Cliff Park Inn fills the bill for both
The Fishin' Pig: 120 mile O/W from Fredericksburg VA to Farmville VA. From salads to barbecue, this place will fit the bill.
The Helm: 50-mile ride from Hudson Valley MC, Ossining, NY to Greenwood Lake, NY
Yianni's at the Chatham House: 110 miles from Bear Mtn Bridge to Yianni Chatham House
Tavern 1757: 60 mile ride from Bear Mtn Bridge to Seymour, CT
Fly Creek Cider Mill: 150-mile route from Branchville NJ to Fly Creek, NY
Gourmet Gallery: 80-mile one-way route from Red Apple Rest, Southfield, NY to Blairstown, NJ
Big W's BBQ: 88 mile jaunt from Cliff's Cycle Revolution in Connecticut
Wood's Pit BBQ: A 120-mile appetizer ride, starting from Bergen Co. Harley-Davidson in Rochelle Park, NJ
Never Too Much BBQ: Take a tasty ride to Kundla's BBQ from Memorial Day thru mid-October and you'll have the best meal of the summer. Flintstone-sized ribs and chicken to die for and one helluva ride - 160 mile R/T from Augusta, NJ.
Billy Joe's Ribworks: 75 mile ride from George Washington Bridge to Newburgh, NY
BIG CITY GETAWAY
Grounds for Sculpture: Plan to spend a good deal of time at this beautiful art park. For a fine lunch, make a reservation at Rat's. Here's a 95 mile ride from the Chatterbox Drive in, Augusta, NJ to Hamilton Township, NJ
Wing's Castle: 100 mile ride from Port Jervis, NY brings you to this masterpiece of a structure. Handbuilt by Peter Wing and his family, it's an ongoing project which is now also a quirky overnight lodging. Admission cost and tour reservations needed
Michaux State Park and Appalacian Trail Museum: Should you be at the Shippen Hotel, Shippensburg, PA here's a 130 mile loop through the park with a stop at the very interesting and informative Appalachian Trail Museum.
Bear Mountain Car Cruise: Every Wednesday from May to September you'll find hundreds of cars, and some motorcycles too, from every era at the Bear Mountain State Park. Parking fee. 70 mile ride from the Chatterbox, Augusta, NJ
Martin Guitar Factory: Here's a great destination for anyone who loves guitars or appreciates their beauty. 60 mile ride from the Chatterbox, August, NJ to Nazareth, PA. One hour free tour Mon-Fri. 11am-2pm at regular intervals
Three Peaks Ride: A great ride for the autumn to view the beauty from above. 65 mile ride starting at the Chatterbox Drive-in, Augusta, NJ and passing through Sunrise Mountain, High Point State Park and Elk Brox Park
Knoebel's Amusement Park: 100 miles from Portland PA Toll Bridge to Knoebels Amusement Park
WE'RE OUTTA HERE
Frog Hollow Farm B&B: A quaint getaway, and a perfect alternative for overpriced, overcrowded New Hope, PA. 85 mile ride from the Chatterbox, Augusta, NJ to Kintnersville, PA
The Globe Inn: Take a ride back in time to the Globe Inn. 95 miles from the Chatterbox, Augusta, NJ to Greenville, PA
Inn at Millrace Pond: With its historic setting, the Inn at Millrace Pond gives you a great meal with a comfortable bed. 100 mile ride starting in Nyack, NY and ending in Hope, NJ
Bavarian Manor Inn: Spend the night in a piece of history and have a tremendous German meal as well. 125 mile ride from the Elias Cole, Sussex, NJ to Purling, NY
Heading to the Andes (Hotel, that is): 135 mile O/W ride from Jumboland, Rte. 206 in NJ to Andes, NY via Cha Cha Hut's new home in Arkville
South to General Lewis Inn: 400+ ride from Intersection of I-81/I-78 to General Lewis Inn, Lewisburg, WV
Lackawanna Station Hotel: 110 mile O/W ride from Hanover NJ to Scranton PA
Whistling Swan Bed & Breakfast: 65-miles from New Hope, PA to Stanhope, NJ
Catskill Mountains Resort: 130 mile one-way route from Ossining, NY to Barryville, NY
SHIRA'S ICE CREAM RIDES
Hayek's Ice Cream Shop: Though not making their own, they serve Cliff's Ice Cream from their window May thru October. 100 mile ride starting in Harriman State Park and ending in Newton, NJ
OwOwCow Creamery: Feeling generous, another two routes for your sweet treat pleasure. Both 90 mile O/W; one from the Chatterbox Drive-in in Augusta, NJ and the other from Applegate Farm in Montclair, NJ
Ride Along the Delaware for Ice Cream: 85 miles O/W starting at the Red Apple Rest in Southfields, NY to Kelly's Ice Cream.
More Ice Cream? Of course!: Here's a 50+/- mile O/W ride from Washington Crossing State Park to Easton, PA and the Purple Cow
Das' Creamery: Some of the best ice cream Shira's tasted in 2016 - creative flavors and wonderful people. Short 45 mile ride from Hanover Powersports, Route 10, Hanover, NJ to Budd Lake, NJ
Longacre's Modern Dairy: Housed in a working dairy, you can get some breakfast and ice cream. Starting from Lebanon, NJ here's a 65 mile ride to Barto, PA
JJ Scoops: A nice little 120 mile loop starting at the truck stop on Route 80 in Knowlton, NJ, you'll pass a replica windmill in Holland Township, NJ before reaching Clinton, NJ
Manning's Diary Bar: Pastoral setting with cows and everything. 160 mile loop from Jumboland, Route 206, Branchville, NJ to Dalton, PA
Sundae Ride thru Connecticut: A five star-five stop 110 mile ice cream ride starting at one A.C Petersen in Old Lyme and ending at another A.C. Petersen in West Hartford, CT
National Ice Cream Day Ride: 85 mile ride to celebrate the wonderful ice cream. Start at Das' Creamery, Budd Lake, NJ, lunch at Thisilldous, Belvidere, NJ and end up at the Cow's Brow at Windy Brow Farm, Newton, NJ - printed route sheet
Curly's Creamery: Get your scoop and take a seat to enjoy the great variety served here. 80 miles from under the GWB to Riverdale, NJ
Frosty Rock Creamery: Though Middletown, NY is not the most picturesque spot, this 75 mile ride starting just north of the GWB will bring you smiles before you relax with your cup or cone
Cool Cow Crepes: This was a wonderful find in Franklin, NJ. A bit of dessert, a little breakfast, a TON of flavor after your 70 mile ride from Hanover Powersports, Route 10, Hanover, NJ
Ferris Acres Farm: A big THANK YOU to our friend Trish for turning us on to this gem. Another working farm, with picnic benches and scenery from which to enjoy your homemade ice cream, once you've decided from their HUUUUUGE menu. Have some lunch at the Barnstormer BBQ in Fort Montgomery, NY before taking this 80 mile ride to Newtown, CT
Inside Scoop: A '50s-themed ice cream parlor with homemade waffle cones and creative flavors at the end of this 80 mile ride starting at the Branchville Grille, Branchville, NJ and ending in Coopersburg, PA
Last Licks Ice Cream: A serendipitous find after visiting our friends at Hanover Powersports. Tucked in the industrial area behind Route 10, you'll find a rainbow at the end of your 60 mile ride starting at the Chatterbox Drive-In, Augusta, NJ (hit their Thursday Bike Night and end with a cone)
Fox Island Creamery: 130-mile O/W from Easton, PA to Greenwood Lake, NJ for some scenic slurping of ice cream cones on Greenwood Lake.
Mini-Maryland Ice Cream Trail: 80-mile Maryland Ice Cream Loop
Klein Farm Dairy: 60-mile ride from Chatterbox Drive-In and 75-mile return to Elias Cole, Sussex, NJ
AND SOME OTHER GREAT RIDES
Where No Rider Has Gone Before: This was a Mystery Ride from 2016 Americade, but we'll let you know that in Ticonderoga, NY you'll find a perfectly rebuilt Starship Enterprise. 150 mile loop from Lake George, NY. $22.50 per person admission with seasonal hours
Walkill River Ride: One of the few rivers that runs north, this 100 mile ride follows the Wallkill from its beginning in Lake Mohawk, Sparta, NJ to the Roundout Creek which empties into the Hudson River in Kingston, NY
West Virginia Lunatics and Lunch Ride: Here's one from our last trip to Elkins, WV. 200 mile loop from the Isaac Jackson Hotel visits the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (tours available-check website) and a nice Swiss lunch in Helvetia at the Hutte
West Virginia Fantasy: Brian's 125 mile loop from the Isaac Jackson Hotel, Elkins, WV - some off-road portions
Backroads 250: It's A Jersey Thing. The Original Road Tour highlighting the beauty and emptiness of New Jersey. Start at the Chatterbox Drive-In, Augusta, NJ and ends at the Orchard Beer Garden, Stanhope, NJ (Open Saturdays @ 2pm, Sundays @ 12:30)
Backroads 200 Tri-State Tour: Return of our Road Tour bringing you through New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania with a start/end at the Chatterbox Drive In, Augusta, NJ
Train Wreck of a Ride: 135 mile from Hope, NJ to Elias Cole, Sussex, NJ.We'll give you a great ride and a history lesson, throwing in a lunch stop at one of the best restaurants in New Jersey.
GOOD MIX OF DAY RIDES, OVERNIGHTS AND ENTERTAINING DESTINATIONS
Hillier Than Thou: The Ups and Downs of New Jersey. One of our most downloaded routes.
Baseball Hall of Fame: 165 mile ride from Port Jervis, NY to Cooperstown, NY's Baseball Hall of Fame
Punkin Chunkin: 200 miles to Lewes, DE - home of the Punkin Chunkin Festival
Hudson River School of Art Trail: 50 mile art history lesson, starting at Olana, home of Frederick Church, Poughkeepsie, NY
Day at the Park: 90 mile ride from Sussex County, NJ to Nav Aug Park outside of Scranton, PA
An Honorable Ride: 60 mile ride from the GWB to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, New Windsor, NY
Search for Rip Van Winkle: Starting in Port Jervis, NY take a 115 mile ride in search of Rip Van Winkle
Snowmobile Museum: 95 mile ride from the GWB to the Snowmobile Museum, Sussex County, NJ
Toy Robot Museum: Starting at the truck stop at the Delaware Water Gap, 115 miles to one of the funnest museums you'll find
It's About Time: From the Bear Mountain Bridge, you go 85 miles to the Time Expo Museum
Take a Walk over the Hudson: An easy 85 mile ride from Sussex County, NJ to the Walkway over the Hudson
Back from the Bridge with some Sausage: And 85 miles back via Quaker Creek Farm Store in Goshen
A Ride Down to History: Make this 450 mile ride to Harper's Ferry's Town Inn a two-dayer and do some exploring on your own
Nyuck, Nyuck Ride: 70 miles of fun from Sussex Cty, NJ to the Stoogeum outside of Philadelphia, PA, you knuckleheads
Take a Spin to Spin & Margie's: If you find yourself in Southern California, make the trip to Joshua Tree - you'll be glad you did
Wine, Music and Riding: The Warwick Valley Winery has tunes all summer long. Check their schedule and bring home a bottle of wine
Flowers, History and much more: The NJ Botanical Gardens in Ringwood, NJ offers a great day's ride. Here are two routes, one from the east starting in Fort Lee, NJ (60 miles) and one from the west starting at the Delaware Water Gap (90 miles)
PA Northeast Highlands Ride: 170-mile day, or overnight, ride through the great roads of NE Pennsylvania starting at Dingmans, PA
Americade/Lake George Day Trip: 160-mile R/T includes lunch, shopping, a swimming hole and a great ride
Oh Behave: A spot of tea and scones does a soul good. Mrs. Bridges Pantry for what ails ya. 125 miles O/W from Marcus Dairy.
Dog Days of Summer 2010: Our annual Hot Dog Run full of dogalicious goodness. 150 miles starting in Lake Mohawk, NJ and ending with Cat's Incredible Dogs in Milford, NJ. Take your little purple pill before you start the day.
Jacks and Whites: 150 mile R/T through the Ramapough Indian territory.
Route 11 Chips Ride: 215 mile R/T starting from Morton's BMW in Fredericksburg, VA.
Ride to the Falls: 125 mile O/W starting from the George Washington Bridge. Do this after some heavy rains and you won't be disappointed with the ride or the Falls.
To Oz? To Oz!: This one's an overnighter, starting from Port Jervis, NY and ending at one of the funkiest B&Bs you'll find in the heart of the Allegheny mountians. If you're afraid of heights, take a seat on the deck and just watch.
Thar's Oil in them Hills: If you've done the ride to Oz and are looking for more Allegheny riding, try this 225 mile ride to the Drake Well Museum in Titusville, PA
Some Local History: 65 miles O/W ride to the Pocono Indian Museum. Find out what Big Red Eye really was.
Train Wreck of a Ride: 135 mile one-way from Hope, NJ to Elias Cole Restaurant, Sussex, NJ
CHASING THE COLORS FALL RIDES (from October 2017 issue)
Looping Around Vermont: 165-mile through Vermont
Adirondack Foray: 107 mile ride through the Adirondacks of NY
Catskill Mountain Romp: 160 mile ride through the Catskills of NY
Two Rivers Romp: 120 mile ride connecting the Hudson and Delaware rivers
New Jersey Fireworks: 150 mile romp through the skylands of New Jersey
The Virginias: 295 mile ride through West Virginia and Virginia
PAST BACKROADS RALLY ROUTES
Fall Fiesta 2013 - Williamsport, PA. 190-mile ride from Port Jervis, NY to Williamsport, PA • 125-mile loop for breakfast at the Brass Pellican in Benton, PA and ice cream in Eagles Mere • 200-mile loop from Williamsport to Penn State Creamery • 275-mile loop from Williamsport to Kinzua Bridge State Park
Fall Fiesta 2014 - Shippensburg, PA. 200-miles from Columbia, NJ to Shippensburg, PA • 300-mile loop with Texas Lunch and Swigart Auto Museum • 230-mile loop to Johnstown Flood Memorial Museum • 200-mile loop to AACA Museum Hershey PA • 130-mile State Park Loop • 160-mile loop to the Road Kill Cafe, Artemas, PA
Spring Break 2015 - Lake Placid, NY. 230-mile ice cream and lunch loop • 190-mile VT loop thru Hero Island • 150-mile loop with lunch and stop at the Wild Center
Fall Fiesta 2015 - Elkins WV. 180-miles from George Washington Hotel, Winchester VA to Elkins, WV • 250-miles from Elkins to Shippensburg PA • 230-miles from Shippensburg to Delaware Water Gap • 200-mile Helvetia Lunch Ride • 125-mile loop to Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum • 125-mile West Virginia Fantasies Loop (may have dirt)
Spring Break 2016 - Bemus Point, NY. 215-miles from Wellsboro PA to Bemus Point, NY • 215-mile loop from Hotel Lenhart Promethius Ride • 165-milel loop to Lucille Ball Museum and ice cream • 250-miles from Bemus Point to Williamsport PA
Fall Fiesta 2016 - Jackson, NH. 185-miles from Port Jervis to Saratoga, NY • 250-miles from Saratoga to Jackson, NH • 250-mile Covered Bridge loop with lunch andice cream stop • 285-mile Notch Loop - DIRT INVOLVED • 185-mile loop to the Clam Shackin ME for Lobstah Rolls
Spring Break 2014 - Marion, VA. Two Valleys-One Hump 125 mile loop with Back of the Dragon • 200-mile loop to Breaks Park • 100 mile loop including Route 80 and Back of the Dragon • 140 mile R/T south to North Carolina thru Mt Rogers Rec Area and the Snake
Spring Break 2017, West Virginia. Delaware Water Gap to Berkeley Springs WV • Berkeley Springs to Stonewall Jackson Resort • Shira's Salty Sweet Ride • Myths and Legends • Sweet Little Sixteen • Marietta Mound Builders Lunch Ride