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Sights Along The Morris and Sussex Trail

by Barbara Dexter

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A view from the parking area.

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Another view from the parking area.
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Those friendly reminder signs warning you to clean up after yourself.
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The entrance sign for Kittatinny Valley State Park.
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The trail entrance.
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The warning yield or be run over sign.
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The trail is packed gravel in this section.
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More packed gravel and plenty of trees and fresh air.
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My favorite sign. Warning me of the poisonous plants if I decide to go off the trail.
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A sign marking the place of the Jersey Boys CAMP.
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Part of the park trail that snakes past the lake.
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More of the trail that runs past the lake.
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A plane taxing near the lake.

 

Well I was tired and my body was still and aching after driving back to Jersey from Virginia. I decided I just needed to get out and enjoy the air and sunshine. I decided to try a trail that I had heard about when I was kayaking at Lake Aeroflex. I mapped out the directions using my google maps app.  I had a lovely journey over the hills and through the woods to arrive at gods country. I had no idea where I was, just how to get out of there. Finding the trail was a bit of pulling the map up from the internet via my android phone and seeing which roads came close to a bike trail. I realized I wasn’t too far from the trail, but to get there would take another five miles of driving the back country roads. Well I figured why not. I had never seen this area and usually I pick up something I had see previously, well that was my hope. As it turns out the trail entrance was just a couple of miles from Lake Aeroflex. I did not realize this until I was actually biking the trail that goes near the lake.  I ride along and ask some nice people the question-just where is the trail. I feel like a moron for not realizing where I was. I took the lake loop. Part of which was a steep hill, which I may avoid next time. For you advanced bikers, it was flat land. The hill was just enough to sap my limited supply of energy.  I made it back to the vehicle and relaxed for a couple of minutes. Then I realized, hey I drove all the was out here I might as well see all that there is to see. So I went about three miles down the Morris and Sussex Trail.  I will have to go back when I have more energy. The first hill and the slow incline of the trail along with my stiff and aching body held me back from a longer ride. I was able to do a respectable five mile ride altogether.

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