Change of Scenery: Rollerskiing Kinnelon NJ

As always, I crave a change of scenery.  From an email recommendation, I rollerskied in Kinnelon yesterday, primarily on Kinnelon Rd.   There’s a finite amount of terrain, from a road closure at 380 Kinnelon Road north to the intersection with Maple Lake Road.  Several side roads offer additional terrain.

Where I’d expected this area to be all flat or kind of a plateau, there’s really a fair amount of elevation change.  Some of it is no problem.  Some requires discretion.  Maybe I’m getting more cautious as I get older.  If you’re tired of hearing me harp about controlling speed on downhills, I’ve had the bruises to show what happens if you don’t.

While much of Kinnelon Road has a good shoulder, the shoulder disappears north of Maple Lake Road, as you descend sharply towards Route 23.  I turned right on to Maple Lake Rd and right again on to Kile Rd as I didn’t care to be a moving target for people driving 45 mph in a hurry to get to the mall.  The pavement is quite fast – way faster than Lake Denmark – and in good condition.  Kiel Road rolled with a nice gradual climb, and a descent that I sidestepped down.

South of the intersection with Fayson Lakes Rd, Kinnelon Rd becomes narrower with a reduced speed limit.  This bucolic, wooded section is quiet.  Perhaps that’s because the road is closed where a bridge washed out during Tropical Storm Irene.

kinnelon road is washed out as of 11 September 2011

Kinnelon road, washed out and closed as of 11 September 2011

There are some additional side roads to check out here:  I didn’t try Rickert Rd or any of the side roads off Kiel.  So I’ll be back.