As I made my travel reservations I did an on-line search for places to run and swim near my hotel. I wouldn't have my bike with me so I resolved myself to a week of running and swimming. My search eventually led me to Facebook and the South Jersey Triathlon Club.
My travel plans had me departing Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (ATL) for arrival in Philadelphia Airport (PHL) on a Monday via Airtran. From Philly I'd rent a car and drive to Egg Harbor, New Jersey where I had reservations at the Residence Inn.
|The tarmac at Atlanta Hartfield-Jackson Airport|
|Clouds as far as the eye can see|
|Lake Spivey from the air|
|Cloudy weather in Philly|
|Fasten your seatbelts|
|2014 Chevy Cruze|
|Downtown Philadelphia in the distance|
|The Atlantic City Expressway|
|The Egg Harbor Residence Inn|
|My room at the Residence Inn in Egg Harbor, New Jersey|
|Beacon Cycling and Fitness in Northfield, NJ|
|Dinner at Burger King - Yuck!|
|The Garden State Parkway headed down to Stone Harbor, New Jersey|
|The Yacht Club at Stone Harbor|
|The channel southwest from Great Sound|
|The channel northeast to Great Sound|
|Snug Harbor to the north|
|Snug Harbor to the south|
|Me, Jim, Susan and Debbie (l-r) before our first lap in Snug Harbor|
I also ran three times that week, twice in Stone Harbor and once from Somers Point over the new bridge to the Ocean City boardwalk. Stone Harbor is a quaint little town with a lot of nice homes which were obviously untouched by hurricane Sandy. Second Avenue in Stone Harbor is a wide boulevard with landscaped dividers which make it easy to see traffic. It's a good place to run. Ocean City on the other hand is a mess. The bridge was a fun place to run but the traffic between the bridge and the boardwalk is too much of a challenge for me. And then there's the boardwalk. This time of year it is full of people enjoying the carnival type trappings that a child might enjoy but are not conducive to running.
So, my training continues with little interruption from my short stay in Jersey.
Lastly, good luck to my new south Jersey friends who will be competing in the 15th Annual Stone Harbor Triathlon on July 21st.