Craigmeur Ski Club

D&R Bike Ride/Shad Festival Recap

29 Apr

Hello to All,

Hats off to Larry Ticotin!!! He organized a great outing on Saturday-April 25, 2009. You have heard of Rolling Thunder—the motorcycle ride of thousands of motorcycle bikers who come out to ride for a good course—well-we were not them—Instead 40 members of the Club met in Frenchtown at 10:00AM. We rode about 15 miles along the Delaware River. The scenery was great—the weather was awesome—the people were Fun!! The trails were great to ride on!! We arrived in Lambertville for the Shad Festival—Shad is type of fish from the area-which they recognize. I say just another reason to drink and party—sounds good to me!!

Everyone enjoyed the festival—all types of different craft vendors-food vendors-and a beer tent. It is amazing how most of the riders on the trip gravitated towards that beer tent—it was so easy to find everyone-once I found out where the tent was-Or should I say—how easy it was for them to find me. Doesn’t matter—we sat along the river—had a cold drink-a cool breeze-great conversation—Life is Great!!

Thank you again “El Presidente”(Larry)—You bring excitement to the club-and I as I am sure others would agree-You do a great job-Your efforts are appreciated!!

See everyone soon!!!

Written by Don Taggart

Photos by Diane Bogert

Craigmeur Americade / Vermont Motorcycle Run

22 Apr

Organizer: Pat Brennen

What: Craigmeur Americade / Vermont Motorcycle run

When: Friday, June 5th through Sunday, June 7th rain or shine.


Friday, June 5th beginning at the Jefferson Diner, 5 Bowling Green Parkway, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849 (Pathmark Shopping Center off of Route 15) (Coordinates lat=N40 57.739, lon= W74 35.837), at 8:00am. Ride begins at 9:00am.

We will be riding back roads from the Jefferson Diner to the Americade site in Lake George, NY. (Coordinates lat= N43 25.287, lon= W73 42.690), route has yet to be determined.

After perusing the Americade site we will be riding to the Craigmeur Ski Lodge.

Lodging will be provided on Friday evening at the Craigmeur Ski Lodge, Clarendon Ave / Rt. 133, West Rutland Vermont (Coordinates lat= N43 34.885, lon= W73 02.417). There will be a minimal cost for this lodging. Dependant on the turn-out there may be a cook for Saturday, there will be a minimal cost for this service as well.

Saturday, June 6th there will be a ride through Vermont, approximately 200 miles, route has yet to be determined.

Lodging will be provided on Saturday evening at the Craigmeur Ski Lodge. There will be a minimal cost for this lodging. Dependant on the turn-out there may be a cook for Sunday breakfast, there will be a minimal cost for this service as well.

Sunday, June 7th all will be returning home.

Please RSVP to Patrick Brennan, so I can get an accurate head count for the lodge reservations.


NJSC – Voucher Returns

22 Apr

Hello All –

The 2008-2009 ski season has come to an end and I trust everyone enjoyed a good number of ski days during this excellent season.

It is now time to return all un-used NJSC vouchers for credit toward next year.  Vouchers are to be returned to Chris Budd.  The dead line for returning vouchers is Wednesday May 06, 2009.  Please bring your un-used NJSC vouchers to any regular Craigmeur meeting between now and May 06 to ensure you receive the proper credit for un-used vouchers.  If you cannot make a meeting between now & then, please send an email to Chris Budd for instructions on how to return your vouchers.

Do not miss the deadline of May 06, 2009 otherwise your un-used vouchers will have NO value towards next years’ upgrades.  Also be advised there is a return limit for some resorts.  Hopefully Craigmeur will not reach our limit for any resorts.  Should Craigmeur surpass a return limit, there will be a pro-rated charge applied to all vouchers returned for a particular resort.  This charge will be determined after NJSC knows their total voucher return quantities and up-grade costs.  Stay tuned for more information.


20 Apr

Hans, Olivier, Larry and I did a test run today Saturday, April 18, 2009 .  A total of 24.5 miles roundtrip.  It was an easy path ride which will be GREAT for ALL ages!  The company was soooooo much fun with only four of us that it can only be better with more!!  It was sad to leave each other’s company as we spent almost 10 hours together in great harmony.  Lambertville is a quaint happening town with nice shops and restaurants for all price ranges and the Shad Festival should be a plus plus for all.  We suggest you give yourselves 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes from home to the parking lot depending on where you live.

Take 78 West to Exit 15 (Clinton Exit) to 513 South towards Frenchtown.  Turn Left onto 29 directly after the bike shop on the corner in town.  Park at the KINGWOOD BOAT LAUNCH not far from the bike shop on the right hand side.

Don’t forget this event is scheduled for April 25, 2009, 10:00 AM Sharp!

Please click here for more information.

Written by Diane Bogert

Mohonk Hike May 9th

20 Apr


We will be meeting for the May 9th Mohonk Hike at Minnewaska State Park, hiking through the park on graveled trails, and ending at Mohonk Mountain House to climb the rock scrambler.   We guess that this hike will be about 6 miles round trip and take five hours.   After the hike we will be going out to eat in New Paltz.  

To get to our starting/meeting point:

  • Take the New York Thruway (87) to New Paltz, New York, Exit 18.
  • Find your way to Route 299. 
  • Go through New Paltz. 
  • continue on Route 299
  • Right on 55
  • Past info center on right
  • To top of mtn
  • First parking lot on right

This is where we are meeting.

If you have any questions or get lost or late call me or Hans.  We promise we will keep our cell phones ON.   The suggested park admission fee is $9.00 (honor system).   We are meeting at 9:00 am.  Map is:    Mohonk Mountain House is:



PS Just remembered, there is a lovely rose garden and arborvitie maze (the one filmed in “The Shining”) to walk through and a little picnic cafe to eat at midway. Bring snacks and water for sure. If you are fearful of heights or tight spaces this hike in NOT for you. Close fitting backpacks are all that will fit in the crevices, unless you want to take them off and hand them up and down (bummer). Otherwise, this hike is perfectly suitable for any energetic person over the age of four…or a long legged three year old. My neice did it at a very young age and totally approves.

You can email me any question at: Maryanne Mecca

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Fun in the Curves Ride

13 Apr

Rolling out of the Jefferson Diner, 5 Bowling Green Parkway, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849 (Pathmark Shopping Center off of Route 15) at approximately 9:30am, Saturday, September 19, 2009 (rain date of Sunday, September 20, 2009).

The route will head North West through county roads finding as many curves as possible. We’ll cross into PA via Dingmans Bridge and continue North West to Lords Valley, PA. Then heading east with a pit stop at Shohola Falls to take in some scenery and photo opportunities. From there it’s onto lunch at Apply Valley Family Restaurant in Milford, PA, approx 80 miles later.

After lunch it’s back into NJ and heading east taking a brief tour through High Point State Park. Moving on south east into more curves we’ll be going past Mountain Creek Ski Area. A brief jump into NY State brings us around past Hidden Valley Ski Area. Then turning south west the route will follow more twisty county roads eventually ending back at the Jefferson Dinner with approximately another 80 miles under our wheels.

Some sections get curvy enough to have a posted speed limit of only 15mph while others are 55mph and everything in between. Feel free to contact me with any questions, or a copy of the actual route details.   Contact Lee Desantis by clicking here.