Finding Your Way

One of the many reasons to participate in the Ramapo Rally is that all the routes are marked and easy to follow.

We provide four navigational aids to keep you on your chosen route: (1) Arrows painted on the road, (2) signs posted along the way, (3) cuesheets (printed directions), and (4) route files you can use on your GPS or phone. If you really get lost, use your phone or GPS to navigate to the nearest rest stop.

The routes are marked with colored arrows painted, generally, near the right edge of the road. The arrows show you which way to turn.

There will usually be more than one arrow for each turn: one before the turn, one just before (at) the turn, and one after the turn. Once in a while (especially on long stretches without turns), there will an arrow pointing straight ahead to confirm you are on the right route.

Each route uses its own color (yellow for the 100mi, green for the 62mi, pink for the 50mi, orange for the 25mi, and purple for the 12mi). 

Due to local town ordinances, the first 31.4 miles of the 125 mile route will not have any road arrows or signs. At mile 31.4, the 125 mile route will meet up and follow the 100 mile route.

It’s important to follow the arrows with the color for the route you are riding. When the different routes use the same road, you’ll see multiple arrows in different colors.

At times, there will be signs. There might be signs and no arrows (some towns don’t let us paint arrows).

We also provide “cuesheets”, which are printed lists of the turns the route takes (the color of the paper matches the route arrow color). The information provided for each turn includes the direction, the street name, the mileage (the distance you’ve ridden), and the distance to the next turn. To use a cuesheet well, you generally need to follow along (look at) the cuesheet while you are riding. It’s helpful to have a cycle computer so that you can use how far you have ridden to figure out where on the cuesheet you are at. Need Help Reading a Cuesheet?

GPS routes are provided and will be available one week before the rally. You can download the routes to your Garmin unit. Ride with GPS (RWGPS) also has a phone app that will provide turn instructions but you need to be a paid RWGPS subscriber OR be a BTCNJ member for that to work.

There is always a chance that you may make a wrong turn. Set your smartphone’s navigational app to Bike or Walk mode. Go to the rest stop page and select the rest stop you are heading to.