|Rhodes North Tavern|
The group planned on meeting at the Tom Sawyer Diner in Paramus and then ride together to the Rhodes North Tavern but being "bikers" at heart a few riders decided to meet at the Vauxhall rest Area on the Garden State Parkway in Union and ride together to the Tom Sawyer Diner. Some of us, myself included, live far south and so my friend Roger came up with a plan, lets meet at 8am, go for a ride and join the group at the Tom Sawyer Diner. Roger took us through central New Jersey on some very nice winding roads, through parks I had never been on and when we arrived at the diner over forty of our fellow bikers were already there including the birthday girl.
|The Birthday girl :-) AKA "RED"|
Harriman State Park is the second largest state park in New York and is known for its 31 lakes. We passed some of them on the way to Bear Mountain State Park which is located on the west side of the Hudson River in Orange and Rockland counties of New York. The park is also home to the United States Military Academy at West Point. We took the scenic drive to the top of Bear Mountain, called Perkins Memorial Drive. We arrived at the top of the mountain joining hundreds of fellow riders, parked our bikes and enjoyed the views of the surrounding parks and lakes on a beautiful and clear day. These parks and mountains are well known to riders as they offer beautiful scenery with windings roads leading to some amazing views.
|Top of Bear Mountain State Park|
|View of Queensboro Lake|
|From the top of the lookout tower|
|My "Goldie" in the background|
We headed inside and proceeded to have a great lunch accompanied by our fellow Central Jersey Motorcycle Riders friends and celebrated RED's birthday with a huge birthday cake. The food was great, the cake was delicious and the camaraderie was even better.
|RED and fellow members of CJMRG|
|The adirondack chairs on the sandy beach|