Day 5 – Matamoras, PA to Easton, PA

76 miles, 3930 feet of climbing

Today started out foggy, but warm enough for just a jersey. I followed staffers Mike and Karen out of the motel to our next state line crossing into New Jersey.

A new state:

The first part of the ride was in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, on the New Jersey side of the Delaware, which we crossed back and forth across throughout the day.


For the most part, we were shaded by trees on lightly traveled roads. At times the trees threw so much shade that my GPS showed me to be slightly to the right or left of the route or lost the satellites entirely.

Here are (L-R) Dan, John, and Joe, with Ian in the distance, cresting a rather nasty climb on an even nastier road surface (gravel and wheel killing potholes):

A little time was spent out of the trees:

The day ended back in Pennsylvania for the evening. But first my bike wanted ice cream.

It was 90 degrees with a real feel of 97 when we arrived.

Tomorrow we cross back into New Jersey for more. Late afternoon thunderstorms are threatening.