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 at key locations, (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.
Route Arrows painted on the road
The routes are marked with YELLOW 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.
No matter what route you are riding you will follow the Yellow Arrows. At an intersection where a route goes in a different direction from the other route(s) there will be another 3-Arrow set. This arrow set will also be yellow but will also include a yellow route mileage number. See Understanding Route Arrow
Due to local town ordinances, the first 31.4 miles of the 125 mile route may not have any road arrows or signs. At mile 31.4, the 125 mile route will meet up and follow the 100 mile route.
Sometimes, at critical locations there will be signs. There might be signs and no arrows (some towns don’t let us paint arrows).
We also provide “cue sheets”, which are printed lists of the turns the route takes. 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 cue sheet well, you generally need to follow along (look at) the cue sheet 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 cue sheet you are at. Need Help Reading a Cue sheet?
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.