SW Second Annual Lighthouse Challenge
by Laura S.


On September 18th, Liz led the second annual NJ Lighthouse Challenge.   Last year we did a weekend trip and visited all eleven lighthouses, we had five bikes, six women and a lot of laughs.  This year we only visited three lighthouses, we had five bikes, three women, two men.....but still had a lot of laughs while making some great memories.

Our intention was to hit four or five lighthouses, but since Pita, Danny and I got to Liz's house late, we had to cut out Tuckerton and Barnegat ...or skip lunch.  Well considering our motto...eat to ride and ride to eat....there is no skipping lunch.  Here we are getting ready to leave.

Our first lighthouse was Sea Girt; this is not what most people think of lighthouses, we were going to climb to the top, but the line was too long and slow, and we had to go to lunch!!!

We went to Harrigan's (pictured below) again this year and with full bellies we were off to mount our bikes and on to Sandy Hook.




Liz will tell you that Sandy Hook is the oldest original lighthousein the U.S.....now this is what a lighthouse should look like. Then back to the bikes waiting for us, and on to our last lighthouse for the day...Twin Lights...another unusual looking one.

Here are some of Danny's photos of us all having some fun on the grounds and we climbed up the southern tower to the great view.....Charlie didn't come up, so we were yelling down to him through the bars...but he couldn't hear us.

 

 

We said our good-byes to Liz and Charlie in the parking lot, they went south to Brick and we headed north on the parkway.  But we made a pit-stop at Mount Mitchell, one of the highest point on the eastern seaboard. There is a tribute to all the Monmouth County residents who lost their lives on 9/11, a very nice memorial with a great view of NYC in the background.  (

 

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