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The Gap Gallop Route Options

Five routes to choose from.  Many options to shorten or lengthen your ride depending on how you are feeling. 

Pick the one that seems to best suit your ambitions.  You can always change your mind.


The 33 Mile Route:  Starting at DeSales University, this route takes riders through the beautiful hills and farms of eastern Pennsylvania  to a special 33 mile route rest stop in Reigelsville, PA.  If you choose this route, you will be given a voucher to purchase snacks and drinks at the Fig Tree.  After refueling at the Fig Tree, this route diverges from the longer routes and heads back toward the start.  Before you do, take a minute to walk onto the bridge over the Delaware river.  The view is worth it

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The 50 Mile Route:  Follow the 33 mile route to the first crossing of the Delaware River at Reigelsville.  Take a break from sitting and enjoy the view of the river as you walk across the suspension bridge.  The route will then  head north along the river on a beautiful and very quiet road.  You will reach the first rest stop (called AQUA) after going through the town of Phillipsburg, NJ.  Leaving this rest stop, the longer routes will continue north while you will start the return to the start.  (The longer routes will all be returning to this rest stop (eventually) so if you wanted to wait to ride back with a buddy who's doing a longer route yoiu can just hang out and enjoy some extra home made baked goods.  What a deal!)   You'll cross back into PA into Easton, then ride along the Lehigh river.  There's a final challenge, a long climb to get over a ridge, so save some energy.  After descending, the remainder of the route back to  the start is gently rolling.

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The LWA uses Ride With GPS as the mapping tool of choice.  Elevation profiles and statistics come from the good folks at Ride With GPS.

 

 

The 70 Mile Route:  After refueling at the first rest stop (called AQUA)  this route ,(and all the longer routes) heads north into rolling hills of northwest New Jersey.  It won't be long before you'll have to decide whether to challenge your legs, heart and lungs on an optional climb of  Fiddlers Elbow. Several years ago this challenging climb was listed in Bicycling magazine's list of the 100 hardest climbs in the country.  It's definately worthy of bragging rights, and the LWA will have a special token for those who make it to the top.
FERiders The option does a short loop and rejoins the regular route at approximately mile 37, so if some of your buddies don't do the climb, they can ride on and meet you where the routes connect.   Shortly after that junction the 70 mile route will diverge from the longer routes and head back toward the rest stop at AQUA which will be your second nutrition stop,  Fron there the route is the same as described on the 50 mile route back to the start.

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The LWA uses Ride With GPS as the mapping tool of choice.  Elevation profiles and statistics come from the good folks at Ride With GPS.

 

 

 

The 83 Mile Route:  Maybe you did the optional climb of Fiddlers, maybe not.  In any case, this distance option continues north from where the 70 mile route diverged, and you will soon pass through the charming victorian village of Belevidere, NJ.  Then it's on to the second rest stop at the White Township Recreation Site.  We'll be there with more home baked goodies and other carbs and fluids to help keep you well fueled.  Not long after you get back in the saddle the 83 mile route diverges from the 103 mile route on a short cut that will rejoin the full century route back in the village of Belevidere.  This affords you the oportunity to do a bit shorter ride and still meet up with you buddies who are doing the full route and ride the reaminder of the route together.  Fromn here the roads will generally follow the river valley (with a few short climbs thrown in) back to the AQUA rest stop.  From there the route is the same as described in the 50 mile listing back to the start.

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The LWA uses Ride With GPS as the mapping tool of choice.  Elevation profiles and statistics come from the good folks at Ride With GPS.

 

The 103 Mile Route:  After passing the point where the 83 mile option diverged, this route takes you through some beautiful rolling hills on some of the quietist roads you'll find anywhere.  There are a few challenging climbs along the way, just so you don't get bored.   You'll cross back into Pennsylvania on a pedestrian bridge over the Delaware River between Columbia NJ and Portland, PA.  Be sure to look up stream for a greart view of the geologic feature that this event is named for, the Delaware Water Gap.  Then point your wheels down stream and follow the river valley on a beautiful road to the third rest stop at Driftstone Campground.  The route then continues south, basically following the river, until you cross back into NJ at Belevidere, where the route rejoins the 83 mile route and shortly after the 70 mile option.   From here the ride is generally rolling, basically following the river valley to your 4th rest stop back at AQUA, the rest stop you left so many miles before.  All the distance options go back to the start from AQUA the same way.  After crossing back into PA they follow the shore of the Lehigh river before a final long climb to get over a ridge and back to the valley in which the start is located. 

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The LWA uses Ride With GPS as the mapping tool of choice.  Elevation profiles and statistics come from the good folks at Ride With GPS.