A Motorcycle Ride through Forgotten New Jersey Aerodromes

7 Mar
About the Author: John Lesser is retired from a Fortune 500 Company and is currently working for a major Airline. He is an avid motorcycle rider and former pilot.

In August 2011, Collins Dictionary declared that the word “Aerodrome” is extinct. For those of you that are not familiar with the word and what it is, an Aerodrome is, without going into a lot of detail, an airport. Airports are not extinct; in fact, an airport is probably the most valuable mile of real estate a town has at its disposal. It represents an economic foundation that builds and enhances a community’s value to its immediate location and the world. But that’s not the point of this article, which is not an article about economic development, yet a motorcycle route worth riding and sights worth seeing.

Many comparisons have been made to equate motorcycle riders with pilots. Many of the same traits and understanding of how your machine will react to specific situations are very similar. For me, there has always been an underlying attraction to motorcycle riding and flying. I have spent most of my adult life up in the air. If I was more comfortable on the ground, I would not have always tried to fly above it. Motorcycle riding has provided me that comfort.

Man on Motorcycle Ride

So here is why we are here, a motorcycle tour that takes us through the rolling farm lands of Southern New Jersey looking at the extinct aerodromes, which by the way could not be further from the truth – aerodromes are alive and well and thriving.

Our motorcycle ride will take us through the southern counties of New Jersey that are linked by the aerodrome. As you will see on this tour, many activities happen at these airports from crop dusting, to sky diving to recreational flying to making new pilots that will explore the skies above us. Our exploration will be from the ground and hopefully you learn a little about airports and how pilots navigate across the earth. By the way, the longitude and latitude given are approximate. They’ll get you close enough to find the extinct aerodromes listed.

By : John Lesser

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