I am training for IMTX in April and need to get in a few 6+ hour outdoor rides in the next 11 weeks.. the problem is, I live in NYC and have worn out 9W and central park to death and frankly can't get quality miles in on either of them at the moment.
If you could drive anywhere in a 3-4 hour radius of NYC, what would be your best bet for some quality, low traffic, country roads? My wife and I can drive almost anywhere and make a weekend out of it. I am exhausted looking up routes online, too and couldn't find much on a search here.
I would ideally be looking for 120+ miles of uninterrupted, flat-ish roads that emulate a course I would see in Texas... but willing to climb a little bit too if I must.
I know it's cold outside so just ignore weather - I can bundle up.
I'd be ecstatic to have 9W a short distance from me. The year that Sandy hit, I did 60 miles of 9W by shuttling between Lamont and Fort Lee. Nice, wide shoulders really help.
Not all places have 9W style wide shoulders, so that's something to keep in mind.
My vote would be for western NJ (Hunterdon and Somerset counties) or New Paltz/Kingston as suggested above. I've done the latter myself; yes, there are some hard climbs, but those can be avoided; and the roads have decently wide shoulders