“Woah, we’re halfway there…woah, livin’ on a prayer!”

That may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of New Jersey and its musical icon, Bon Jovi, but there’s much more than meets the eye in this historic region. There’s quite a history in the Delaware River Valley, encompassing parts of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and southern New Jersey. Today, we’re heading down old Route 97, a road that traces all the way back to the late 1800s. As you explore the scenic mountain views and rivers, you’ll find that there’s a reason why this ride has made its way onto our Thirsty Biker bucket list. Fire up the Thirsty Biker app because we’re going on an unreal ride through the great Delaware River Valley. You’ll pass some of the oldest structures in U.S. history, including America’s oldest wire suspension bridge, Roebling’s Delaware Aqueduct, designed by none other than John Roebling, the designer of the famous Brooklyn Bridge.

In episode 22 of the Thirsty Biker Chronicles, we’re drifting through the Delaware River Valley on Route 97 on a scenic ride of New Jersey.

Must-See Stops

people sitting outside at Gyp's Tavern

The journey begins at J&S Roadhouse in West Milford, New Jersey. J&S is home to some of the best entertainment in the area. It’s well known for its cold beer, delicious food, and above all else, some of the best company you’ll find in the Valley. Live music almost every night of the week and plenty of folks to chat with make J&S Roadhouse a must when passing through. From there, head over to Airport Pub & Package in Sussex for loads of entertainment, plus a selection of beer that’s unrivaled. When you want to kick your boots up and rest after a long ride, taking in the New Jersey sights, Airport Pub is the place to recharge for the ride ahead.

When you’re in the mood for fantastic food, head over to Gyp’s Tavern in Branchville for burgers, brats, pizza, chicken, and more. Food specials daily and happy hour drinks make Gyp’s a crowd favorite for fellow bikers and locals alike to gather around the lake and enjoy a bite. Finally, when you’re looking for a unique bar experience, stop by Rohman’s Pub in Shohola, PA. Enjoy some specialty beverages and fun events, including the Annual Men’s Olympics. Rohamn’s even has its very own bowling alley. Since 1849, Rohman’s has been serving the Delaware River Valley and its visitors (including Babe Ruth, Mary Pickford, and more) with cold drinks, cool merchandise, and a never-ending list of activities to enjoy.

The Ride

map of the NJ ride

Traveling on Route 97, you can expect to enjoy scenic views of the Delaware River, as this stretch of concrete travels 70 miles into New York State. It’s a winding bi-way that offers outstanding views. Stop off at Hawk’s Nest to take in breathtaking views of the Delaware River Valley from above, and if beauty is on your list, this ride has plenty of it. From mesmerizing mountains to rushing rivers, this ride has been a crowd favorite for years. So pull up your Thirsty Biker apps, and let’s roll out on our next adventure, exploring scenic New Jersey.

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