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1st Pines Ride
  On Oct, 25th, 2014, a few of us hit the Pine Barrens in South Jersey. Wharton State Forest, takes up the largest area of New Jersey's Pine Barrens. 4 of us from the TW200 forum went. This is the first time we met, or rode together. We are pictured on the right. We all met at the Atsion Ranger Station on Rt. 206, in Shamong, NJ. There is a big grass field, where you can park for the day (or longer), and unload the bikes. Wharton alone, is 100,000+ plus acres, loaded with over 800+ plus miles of sandy fire roads, and trails. They say you can ride here for years without hitting the same trail twice. This is something I would personally like to do being less than 2 hours away. I gotta say, we rode very well together. We got along great, and had perfect weather, with crystal clear blue sky, temp went up to just over 70* degrees in the sun. We all had a GREAT time. The only thing that went wrong, was Rick (being a new rider), had a little hard time in his first pass through the soft sugar sand, and went down breaking his ankle. Which, you would never know, cuz it didn't slow him down a bit. These soft sandy spots come up quick, and sometimes unexpected. Other than his little fall, and Al deciding to take a swim/fall in a puddle to cool off, this was a PERFECT ride.
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So you know who is who, Names / Forum Names. Left to Right

Rick / TopPredator = Tan Helmet, Black & Silver Jacket
Al / Smitty Blackstone = Yellow Helmet, Denim Jacket
Jacky / Jackypetersonjr = Black Helmet, Yellow Jacket
Bob (me) / Werloc = Blue/White Helmet, Orange Jacket
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A few things we saw where cranberry bogs. I would like to see them flooded when they're ready to harvest the cranberries. Maybe next year. We also checked out the Apple Pie Hill Lookout Tower. How they come up with some of these names, I have no idea.
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It's the end of the day. A little tired, ready to call it a day, load up, and go home. Man, we had fun. We plan to ride here a lot.
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So here are the videos from the day.

The first 4 Videos were taken by me, with my old cheap Kodak PlaySport, mounted on top of my helmet, which came out surprizingly well. The first one is at the Apple Pie Hill Lookout Tower. Jacky and Al climbed up to the top to find the door locked. I wish I gave one of them my camera. Clear blue skies would have made for some nice pictures. They said the view was great.

Apple Pie Hill Lookout Tower



So, Here we are leaving Apple Pie Hill Lookout Tower. Now on our way to Ranger Memorial, where we took a 30 minute break and ate lunch.
Tower to Ranger Memorial



This is the last ride with Jacky. He is very knowledgeable on the area, and was an awesome guide for the day. Riding through Hampton Furnace area here, then ending up back where we started earlier this morning, at Atsion Ranger Station.
Hampton Furnace



Just a little bit of the last hour of riding after Jacky left. We all drove just over 1 1/2 hours to get here (except Jacky who lives close by and rode his bike from home), and it was only around 3:00. Being we still wanted to ride more, we stayed close by so we wouldn't get lost, and tried to find some single track trails to ride. But, most of those trails were marked as foot only, no motorized vehicals. There are plenty of single track trails to ride, but they were much farther into the forest. This would have been a much longer video, but I ran the battery dead in my video cam.
Atsion Quaker Bridge Rd.
These next 3 Videos where taken by Al with his GoPro mounted on his handlebars. The last 2 videos, I finally get in front of the camera. I'm always the one taking the pictures, and videos, so I'm never in any.

All 4 of us heading out from in front of the Ranger Office after getting maps and going over the route for the day. Jet that carb Al...!!!



After a bit, I jump in front of the camera, and someone gets squirrely in the sand.



On the way back. Lovin that sand. Keep Up..!!!
I'll be adding more pics and videos after each full day out riding. So check back often. Hope ya enjoyed looking. Bla, Bla, Bla....Yada, Yada, Yada.....


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Bob (aka: Werloc)