Here is an event description of the 2010 Cranbury 600k by organizer Walter Pettigrew:
New Jersey’s 600k, our longest event, will be starting for the 3rd year in a row at 10 pm on a Friday evening, June 25, 2010. There is a new start location: the Days Inn on Route 33 East in East Windsor, just east of Hightstown, N.J. (tel: 609-448-3200 ext. 501 - manager, Jason Peoples).
The route traverses southern New Jersey and is called flat by most randonneurs. There are a few rollers and quite a number of bridges, so it isn’t perfectly flat. Fast times are quite possible on this course. The route starts in Hightstown and heads south through the middle of New Jersey’s pine barrens. Turning east and then south, riders travel down to the Atlantic coast of Cape May County, pedaling thru the famous Jersey Shore towns of that area. After leaving the seashore, the route heads north and west to the sleep stop at mile 222. This is only a mile or two from Delaware Bay just southwest of Bridgeton. We head east and north from here and once again traverse the heart of the pine barrens on the return to Hightstown and the finishing control at the Days Inn.
Along the way you will pass by virtually every crop grown in New Jersey (blueberries, cranberries, peaches, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, many kinds of greens and lots more). You will see them all. A remarkable tour with a qualifying time limit of 40 hours or less. The 10 p.m. start enables most riders to experience 2 nights of riding on a 600k….good preparation for the longer 1200k. Not only is the route is flat, but it is quite open, to both the sun and the wind.
The sleep stop at 222 miles is a little early for a 600k, perhaps. But, taking into consideration the start time of 10 p.m. and the fact many riders will have worked or traveled on Friday and not slept since Thursday night, an early sleep stop is often welcome. South Jersey at the end of June is often hot, humid and/or windy. Being able to stop in the middle of the afternoon can also be a big benefit for those who prefer not to ride in the heat of the day. Your entry fee buys you a place to sleep at the Bridgeton sleep stop. If you want to ride further before you sleep, you will need to make your own hotel arrangements.
One drop bag per rider will be transported to the sleep stop. Please include a towel in order to take a shower or wash up. Please have your name(very visible) on your bag. Bag size should be in the 10” x 20” range. The sleep stop is fully supported. Once again it is at Eagle Manor, a private residence. No towels will be provided! The control at eagle manor is a welcome stop during the day with plenty of food, showers and beds to rest or sleep on.
We will have a volunteer at most of the controls. No food will be provided on the route except at the sleep stop. If there is no volunteer at a control, have the staff initial and time your brevet card and get and keep a receipt. Most of the controls are at Wawa food stores, so there will be plenty of food and drink available for purchase. As usual, a helmet, front and rear lighting and reflective gear for the torso and ankles are required.