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    Booby traps at Ceres Park, Mantua, NJ

    Got this in an email from a team mate this morning.

    "Be careful riding at Ceres Park in Mantua now. Someone is setting traps there. Electrical wires were found there yesterday tied between 2 trees at neck level. Dark colored and hard to see. They were found on the upper red trail.

    Please forward this to anyone you think rides there. This wire was removed and disposed of, but could have taken someones head off."
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    rode there sunday didnt see anything, thanks for letting us know

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    This is another of the many things that sucks about Ceres! I've been riding there since 93' and have seen alot of good changes take place there...mostly from the bike community,but yet the twp has cut/torn/ripped up so much that has been built by the same ppl who are maintaining the park basically for them.However this is not the first I've heard or seen first hand booby traps being set in Ceres,but yet the twp never removes them....the ppl who ride there usually end up doing that!

    NJ politics at its finest!!!

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    you gotta b kidding me, i am new 2 the mtb scene, new 2 new jersey (5 yrs now) and i never heard of such crap. i moved from the apple 2 get away from the perps, and i gotta worry about them on the trails?? if i ever c anybody doing that while i am in the woods, they r gonna leave feet first, and i give a rats --- who reads this......come and get me

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    The guy I work worth was the dude that originally sent out the email regarding the trap. was wires that were tired to a tree at around neck level if you were riding seated. He has since been back to Cere's many times and has been praising all the work that has been going on back there. So far its looking to be a one time thing...at least we hope

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    I rode Ceres today for 2 hours, what an amazing park!!! Quite muddy in some spots, but overall it was a BLAST. The teeter is gone, only a few small bridges remain. I'll be back there again tomorrow around 3:30pm for a few hours if anyone wants to meet up.

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    listen, we all have the right to use our parks, whether u r a mtb guy, a runner, in 2 horses, or just a family out 4 the day. its not a matter of playing king of the hill. we just need 2 b a little more tolerant and respect each other. look, i know there are hammerheads out there, but setting up a booby trap b cuzz u dislike bikes is dowmright cowardly. i do feel confident this is an exceptiuon, and not the rule. i look 4 wood 2 riding our parks, there r a llotta nice people out there who r there 4 the same reason as i, 2 enjoy our outdoors, while we still have it. if it was up to corzine, he would sell all the land and spend the money on bull----

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebel1916
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    I was thinking the same thing.

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    this is one of the most ridiculous things i've ever read. who would willingly do such a thing? are they actively trying to kill someone and commit murder? i can't believe f'n people man

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    i hear ya!!..i may not like all the people i meet in the woods, like some people just refuse to leash the dog, for example, but i wouldnt like poison the dog, or shoot the owner. like i said, we all have the same rights to enjoy the outdoors, whether u r a jogger, hiker, horse person, or an mtber. the problem is the woods r shrinking, and we r stepping all over each other, and not all people r tolerant, and it may breed contemptness, i guess. just enjoy ya self, but keep a heads up, and b careful.

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    Were is this place I'm in Bloomfield never heard of it?

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    ceres park is in gloucster county, a suberb of philly

    my inlaws live 2 blocks from this place, and when I visit, i like to check it out

    i was thinking about moving to the area to get away from all the crap here in north jersey, now I'll definately have to think twice before I relocate

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkmacman
    ceres park is in gloucster county, a suberb of philly

    my inlaws live 2 blocks from this place, and when I visit, i like to check it out

    i was thinking about moving to the area to get away from all the crap here in north jersey, now I'll definately have to think twice before I relocate
    Mantua, the town where Cere's is located, is a really nice town. So far this has only been a one time incident and I don't think it should inhibit your decision on moving. There are other places to ride in SJ.

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    jerry garcia was here


    here's a pic of ceres a few months ago

    i saw jerry garcia (or maybe his twin)on a mtb about 5 years ago, this dude however didn't look like he was puffin on 3 or 4 packs of camel filterless a day. this dude was doing jumps like from a you-tube bmx video

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkmacman

    here's a pic of ceres a few months ago

    i saw jerry garcia (or maybe his twin)on a mtb about 5 years ago, this dude however didn't look like he was puffin on 3 or 4 packs of camel filterless a day. this dude was doing jumps like from a you-tube bmx video

    cool picture. i think that particular bit where the wood is has been broken up since then. lots of broken boards and mud.

    do you ride cere's a lot?

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    ceres mtb

    here's a motion based of a route i did there

    http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/6944762

    i don't go there too much, my in laws live in mantua

    actually march 28-29, i may be in area, as the odd man duathlon is in 'south jersey' i mentioned it to my spouse, and she is interested in visiting mom, sis, and grandma (who just turned 100)


    i think this pic is looking down just after i crossed the creek, oddly enough, i got a flat just after taking the pic, there was a thorn lodged in the tire and remained there for an encoure flat 1 week later at the other end of the state in ringwood nj

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    the thorns there are like no other thorns anywhere else. before i worked my shop i had gotten a flat and the mechanic working on my bike could tell where i had ridden just by looking at the thorn. he guessed correctly that i was at cere's.

    another cool pic by the way. it looks totally different when everything is green. the motion based readout was pretty cool as well. never used anything like that before.

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    more trails near ceres

    the motion based readout was pretty cool as well. never used anything like that before.
    here's two more trails not too far from ceres


    fair hill, md
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    http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/7221636


    wissahickon
    http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/7475686

    here's a link to some wissahickon winter pix


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    is fair hills the same as white clay?

    and what trail where you following at wissahickon?

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    fair hills

    i am not certain, but i believe fair hill and white clay, are two different places

    at wissahickon, i was trail running, since i could not secure a riding partner in advance at philly mtb, however i met dr saw and his dog there

    i recommend both the fair hill and wissahickon, also look forward to checking out glouycester county communty college soon

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    Fair Hill is in Maryland and White Clay is in Delaware. Right next to White Clay is Middle Run which is also a great place to ride.

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    I'm going to rock middle run tomorrow, rode Ceres for 2 hours today and camden county for an hour. What a great day to ride!!

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    im just gonna stay local, to cheesequake park. put on a sick pair of bear trap pedals im dying to try with my new leg armor....ouch if i dont

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    ceres closure

    did they ever resolve the situation at ceres?

    i'll be in the area for the holiday week end and i am still freaked out about what happened

    one of the reasons i turned to mtb from ro@d riding is to get away from the psycopaths that yield there two ton machines on tarmac

    maybe this time i'll check out gloucester county college and or wissahickon

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    sa far as i know there haven't been any more cases of stupidness. they have started construction of the soccer fields over on the 55 overpass side of the park where the abandoned building is. other than that everything is cool. people have been building new bridges and there is a new trail. everything is cool!

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    kewl

    thanks for the info

    maybe i'll check out ceres this week-end

    pic below is from ceres



    getting new shifters and derailer tonight on the fx, so i'd like to ride it a lot this week end

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    just found this site on a google search and thought i would join, me and my buddys been riding back there for years building stuff just enjoying the nice trails. i just spent 3 hours riding yesturday exploring some trails, well if anyone ever needs or want some to ride with between the 3 of us, me and my 2 friends we know pretty much all the trails back there and we always enjoy having more people tag along makes for funner time, just hit me up with a pm or email or what ever.

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    sup?

    i live in north jersey, but will be near ceres this week-end. i was going to co to gcc and or ccc. Last month ceres was muddy after rainfail, but it seems you know the park well.

    I can ride from saturday afternoon on. they say no riding after dusk? i can bike over to the park saturday eve, and i won't get a ticket on the car, but i am not sure about the fuzz busted you on trails at night?

    btw: do you know the guy that bike(d) there that looks like jerry garcia? like 5 or 10 years ago i biked w/ my bro in law there, and the jerry garcia guy was doing jumps and drops. i heard he cut his beard off, but i don't know if he's still biking there?

    ciao!

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    To jkmac, you can ride back there at night and you most likely won't see a soul, but as far as getting a ticket in the parking lot, I'm not sure. I do know that occasionally kids will park and get chased out of that lot at night. But I'm not really sure if the cops check it out all that frequently. Your best bet is to park somewhere other then the main lot and ride in on a different trail. I've ridden back there at night and never had a problem other then getting the creeps.

    As far as mud goes, I'd say your best bet this weekend will be CCC. Ceres was muddy today when I rode there and the streaming was raging where you cross the bridge. GCC will be a total mess. CCC dries out pretty quick cause of all the sand. There will only be a few spots there you will need to avoid.

    Also I've been riding in Ceres for about 20 some years and I've seen lots of Garcia like characters over the years back there. But I haven't seen anyone lately that fits that description.

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    i heard jorba cancelled saturday's ride at gcc, so hope to be at ccc late saturday or early sunday

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    her sorry i didn't check this went back riding around 4 for a few hours today took tons of pics i'll get them posted later,

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    it was sunny here in south jersey today, i took mtb for 17.5 road ride course for my franklin lakes triathlon june 20 north jersey, it rained hard this morning around 6 am, so the 7 am ride had wet roads.

    i got south jersey at 6 pm, so sunday morning i'm checking out camden college

    post back, or pm, but i'll be there around 10 am ccc

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    I road CCC today for a quick hour. I'm not going to Ceres anymore that place is too messed up and inconsistent. Plus I've ruined two sets of tires on all the thorns, they are like monster thorns over there!

    Next Saturday I'm hitting Middle Run/White Clay alllll day for my birthday gift to myself!

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    i did two hours today at ccc, i'll post some pics tomorrow

    some folks with action wheels kits, showed me around, fell twice, but had a good ride in general

    someone posted that they cycled 4 hours on saturday at ceres? they know the park well, last month the park near the creek was mudd, so i didn't bother going there this week end, not even for a run

    happy b'day, if you have time, fair hill is good too

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    Quote Originally Posted by xmangox
    I road CCC today for a quick hour. I'm not going to Ceres anymore that place is too messed up and inconsistent
    After 10 days of rain they cancelled the JORBA MTB Ride workshop at Gloucester County Collge for this past saturday, although Ceres mas also muddy and usual thorns, Camden County College Trails were awesone with only a couple of pockets of mudd.



    More pics of Camden College trails at link below
    http://dbjjk.com/1/2009/05/05-10-09_web/05-10-09.htm

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    this is gang **** thats going on folks, be careful when your out there and be sure to ride with at least 1 friend, we almost got jumped on the gloucester twp paved bike path last ride out. We rode past them going as fast as possible and they were saying some stuff to us as we rode by, further down on the path as it went under the 42 overpass there was some other weirdos. Fortunately i was in a group so there would have been at least 3 of us they would have had to contend with had they tried something. But the gang situation is getting worse, so do be careful. Im gona be sure to keep an eye out for these traps.

    Are the CCC and GCC paths regularly maintained by the colleges? btw if you guys are setting up any group rides let me know, i live in blackwood right around the corner, me, my brother and his friend usually ride all around here.

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    imho gc and ccc are well maintained. jorba had a ride their 2 weeks ago

    action wheels has sunday mtb ride in delaware, but the two times i went to ccc i hooked up with folks that cycle with action wheels

    i live in north jersey myself, and love to mtb ccc & gc when i'm in the area, now i'll have to think twice about ceres

    wtf: how they let those punks ruin i nice park i dunno

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    im new to the mtb scene, and am looking very much forward to my first full summer. Its such a shame to hear these stories out there. In my short time riding, most of my trail encounters with other people has been very positive, but i know there are boneheads within every group of outdoor folks. I have been going to hartshorne, and right next door to huber woods. To be honest, I am on older guy, almost 50, and I guess a little old to be banging up and down the trails, but when other people c me, they c i am older, and I guess they wont really bother me. lolol....they tend to pick on the kids, I guess. Have a great summer, all, and BE SAFE

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    i'm an old cat too, 46 come august

    been to allaire but not huber yet

    mostly go to ringwood for mtb, new to mtb too, as since i'm from queens, they don't even allow mtb in forest park and flushing meadow is dead flat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spawne32
    this is gang **** thats going on folks, be careful when your out there and be sure to ride with at least 1 friend, we almost got jumped on the gloucester twp paved bike path last ride out. We rode past them going as fast as possible and they were saying some stuff to us as we rode by, further down on the path as it went under the 42 overpass there was some other weirdos. Fortunately i was in a group so there would have been at least 3 of us they would have had to contend with had they tried something. But the gang situation is getting worse, so do be careful. Im gona be sure to keep an eye out for these traps.
    I'm gonna guess your refering to some place other then Ceres Park. There is no paved bike path at Ceres and it does not go under Rt 42. The traps that were there seem to have been an isolated incident and were probably something that kids set up. Ceres is a rather remote park for gangs to be hanging in or doing business from for that matter. But there are lots of deadly stickers bushes back there that can be just as vicious as booby traps.

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    route 55?

    the dude may be refering to route 55

    i get confused myself between 47, 42 and 55

    route 55 goes over ceres, i think 42 is the a.c. expressway and goes near ccc?

    anyways, from what i understand ceres has a history of problems as a few years ago two joggers were mugged

    here's a route i did at ceres:
    http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/6952641

    heres's ccc route, you can see 42 runs next to it
    http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/8008718

    my 2 cents: 20 years ago i went to a blue grass festival near woodstown. the entire area was very rural. in the past 20 years the area has gotten very congested. maybe the folks that lived their a long time, don't like the urban development. i dunno

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky351
    I'm gonna guess your refering to some place other then Ceres Park. There is no paved bike path at Ceres and it does not go under Rt 42. The traps that were there seem to have been an isolated incident and were probably something that kids set up. Ceres is a rather remote park for gangs to be hanging in or doing business from for that matter. But there are lots of deadly stickers bushes back there that can be just as vicious as booby traps.
    no no i was talking about the gloucester twp bike path, its a paved path thats about 2.5 miles long that runs behind the houses along the blackhorse pike, starting in blackwood.

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    So what you're saying is that this has nothing to do with booby traps in Cere's Park?

    Seems this thread has gotten a bit off topic recently. Gangs, paved bike paths, GCC, CCC, Wiss, Fairhill, Middle Run, Allaire, Ringwood, Huber, road rides, triathalons, blue grass festivals near woodstown...aaaahhhhh.

    Sorry for the rant, it's Friday.....and I want to ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdinsj
    So what you're saying is that this has nothing to do with booby traps in Cere's Park?

    Seems this thread has gotten a bit off topic recently. Gangs, paved bike paths, GCC, CCC, Wiss, Fairhill, Middle Run, Allaire, Ringwood, Huber, road rides, triathalons, blue grass festivals near woodstown...aaaahhhhh.

    Sorry for the rant, it's Friday.....and I want to ride.
    no im just merely saying that theres been alot of gang related activity along some of these remote areas like bike trails/paths what have you. chances are some shady characters were up at ceres and probably wanted to see if they could make heads roll by stringing up those traps. So be careful when you ride cus you never know what your gonna run into or who your gona run into.

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    Ceres, GCC and CCC

    Have ridden these trails for years.
    Only problem in Ceres have been locals on quads tearing up the trails and ripping out logs that they can't climb.

    On the other trails my problems involved breaking equipment and body parts.

    Age is not an issue for riding. I am 56 and our group has riders from under thirty to over sixty.

    We ride either GCC or CCC after work depending on the weather.
    Normally Monday, Wednesday and Friday you can find us out on the trail.
    We meet on the back lot @ GCC and the county park lot @ CCC.
    We get there 5:30 - 5:45 and hit the trail by 6.
    We ride a multi pace. The rabbits run and the hounds chase, no one is left behind.

    Ceres is left for a weekend ride because we always have fun trying new routes. We usually get lost. We would do it with lights but a neighbor calls the police and you end up with a ticket on your car in the lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnewms
    Ceres is left for a weekend ride because we always have fun trying new routes. We usually get lost. We would do it with lights but a neighbor calls the police and you end up with a ticket on your car in the lot.

    The neighbors who call the police are the two folks who live closest to the trails by the main parking lot. Do not ride on the trail immediately to the right when leaving the parking lot or the trail that used to have a sign that says closed to bikes ( where the steps are) and you shouldn't have any problems. They will call the police in the middle of the day on you if they catch you riding the "no bikes" trail. I also park in Pitman or the Hobo parking lots if riding at night and come in from a different trail. All the good trails are a good distance from the houses and as long as your not screaming or making lots of noise no one will even know your back there.

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    what about that cunningham park in queens? im from staten island, and my brother tellsx me out there some guys go to wolfs pond, and also parts of the green belt

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    mtb in queens

    Quote Originally Posted by razin cane
    what about that cunningham park in queens? im from staten island, and my brother tellsx me out there some guys go to wolfs pond, and also parts of the green belt
    been living in jersey for 10 years now

    back in the day, i did bike forest hills to bayside & cunningham park, as i had a school mate that lived their ( i went to stuyvesant h.s in manhattan, the old one 345 east 15th)

    anyways, for a h.s. kid that was a fairly long ride from forest hills to cunningham park, also bike into manhattan on bike & velo-solex (moped)

    that being said, i hope to bike this summer in forest park, as my sister lives near that park, but no mtb, and the road through forest park is not a loop, just straight out and back

    luckily in jersey we have plenty of good mtb, just none in bergen county

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