On Sunday Jim took me up in his Cessna Cardinal 177B - let me tell you, that's one sweet ride!
We flew up to Monmoth, where he landed then took off. Got to see an experimental plane awaiting takeoff just behind us.
From there over to Trenton, then follow the river north to the Delaware Water Gap. Even from that high up, it was an impressive sight. Especially seeing another light plane fly through the Water Gap, that sort of thing really gives you a sense of scale.
Another landing and takeoff from one of the runways up there (don't remember the name), which Jim discovered has a mountain off one end of the runway.
From there we travelled overland back to Lakewood. We had to avoid some commuter jet traffic, which was no big deal. One lear jet passed well under us, which was neat. The amazing thing about this leg of the trip was, despite the fact that you could clearly see New York City out one window and make out some smokestacks near Trenton on the other, I could not orient myself until Jim pointed out Lakehurst in the distance.
Another smooth landing at Lakewood and we were done.
This is a sweet plane, it's roomy (lots roomier than a 172) and flies smooth. More of a sense of forward motion, as opposed to the hanging-in-the-air and getting buffeted around sensation from the 172.