I like this new route. It doesn't have a name yet, but that's not nearly as important as the fact that it doesn't repeat. I dislike repeating with a fiery passion. I had previously resigned myself to needing to repeat the last three miles to the bridge, along Hudson Terrace. Basically you take 9W to Piermont (or beyond), and 340/Piermont Rd back to Churchill, over Churchill, up Palisades, and back to 9W/Hudson Terrace. Now I've found a new way to continue past Churchill (i.e. not over it), into Fort Lee, through downtown, returning to the GWB from the south.
It's not flat as a pancake, but I think it does pretty well given that this part of NY and NJ is littered with ridges. Certainly there's nothing to compare to Nyack's Old Mountain Rd or Toga Hill. While we omit Churchill and Palisades, the altitude gained during those climbs must be made up somewhere. This route splits those big hills into several shorter ones.
Total mileage is about 55-57, and it takes me about four and a half hours.
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My success with finding a nice way through Fort Lee (I had previously thought that escaping east via Palisades back to 9W was the only way to go) inspired me to take another look at the beginning of my Philly route. I'd been going south from Fort Lee, through Palisades Park, Ridgefield, Ridgefield Park, and then Little Ferry. This involves a truly unfortunate river crossing on US-46, which is so busy that even I ride on the sidewalk. That bridge is then followed by a very busy roundabout. All in all, not a good time. I had accepted that crossing as a necessary evil, but now I'm not so sure.
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So much riding to do! So little time.