Practice Walk #1 - Mar 20 - Trenton to Princeton

Event Details

Practice Walk #1 - Mar 20 - Trenton to Princeton

Time: March 20, 2011 from 8am to 12pm
Location: D&R Canal - East Coast Greenway
Street: Start - Trenton Transit Center
City/Town: Trenton to Princeton
Website or Map: http://www.tr2nb40.org/conten…
Phone: 973-214-1811
Event Type: walk, hike, freewalkers, east coast greenway, great canal walk, d&r, canal, trenton, princeton
Organized By: Paul Kiczek
Latest Activity: Mar 1, 2012

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Event Description

A 12-mile "practice walk" in preparation for the 40-mile Great Canal Walk (http://TR2NB40.org - 4/9/11). Covers the first leg (1/3) and follows the same East Coast Greenway / D&R Canal towpath. This is our first walk of the year. A casual walk to review the trail and get back into a walking groove.

This is scheduled as a 4 hour walk with easy start / finish using trains. At Princeton, options are to go toward town or head to Princeton Junction train station - heading back home. Let us know if you need/or want to offer carpooling.

A good alternative for walkers that cannot walk the entire 40-miles on 4/9. Miles walked can be added to your total for the 100-mile Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge (http://crossjerseywalk.org).

Best mass transportation plan is to park at Alexader Rd and D&R Canal parking lot at 7:00 am and get one of us to shuttle you to Princeton Junction train station to catch the 7:27 to Trenton by 7:46.

For more details click below.

Practice%20Walk%20Mar25-2012.pdf

 

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Comment by Dolores McKeough on March 19, 2011 at 9:53pm
If I can catch the 6:13am train from Penn Station I'll join you. I need practice.
Comment by kathryn ellerton on March 19, 2011 at 12:05pm

Sorry, but I wont be able to join you on Sunday.  I walked 14 mile round trip last weekend to see the Morristown St Patricks Day Parade; and still have blisters on my blisters. 

Have a great walk

 

Comment by Paul Kiczek on March 19, 2011 at 11:12am

Bob,

You van plan sounds good but for now I want to see how the train runs so I'll go to Alexander Rd. at 7 and shuttle and park at the Junction. I'l have room for 3-4 if anyone is interested in taking the train. Paul Riess's van is a good alternative if something changes.

Comment by Bob Rogers on March 19, 2011 at 10:53am

Here's another option of the many possibilities:  I am leaving my car at Alexander Road Turning Basin Park and then Paul Riess and I are driving to Trenton in his van. He can fit a total of 7 passengers (Paul, me, and 5 others), so if anyone wants to park at Alexander Road at 7:30 they can ride with us. Any takers?

 

Maybe with one or two other drivers to Trenton we could bring the whole group and then I would drive the drivers back to Trenton to get their cars.

Comment by Jennifer Cabral on March 18, 2011 at 10:35am
I'll pass it on. Thanks.
Comment by Paul Kiczek on March 18, 2011 at 10:32am

Jennifer,

I responded to your friend Maureen on this. I have no problem with dogs joining in. But I cautioned her that they should be able to handle the distance.

Comment by Jennifer Cabral on March 18, 2011 at 9:12am
A friend is asking if this is a dog-friendly walk?
Comment by Paul Kiczek on March 17, 2011 at 3:15pm

Ok. Looks like we are all on the same page.

I'll recap this and a few things tonight in an email.

Comment by David M. Ascher on March 17, 2011 at 2:55pm
Jennifer's post answered my question regarding location.
Comment by David M. Ascher on March 17, 2011 at 2:53pm
If one drives along Alexander Road should one be able to easily find the D&R parking lot which seems not to be listed here:GPS listing for D&R Canal Parking Lots

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Great Canal Walk 2014

Congrats to our 33 FreeWalkers who completed the 40-mile Great Canal Walk.
Let the games begin for the Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge! 
Remember: if you missed some mileage in the last 2 walks, you have until the end of the year to catch up.

Diane Glace 40
Paul Kiczek 40
Tom  Nisonger 40
Al Walker 40
Tom Glynn 40
Rob Spector 34
Wilma Vargas 34
Francis Boero 32
Kelly Boero 32
Renata Luisi 30
David Ascher 28
Rick Cordner 28
Daniel Jeffrey 28
Nancy Jonap 28
Ken Kurland 28
Risa Olinsky 28
Tim Habinak 24
Jackie Dockery 21
Ron Palochko 21
Leila Vitale 21
Mike DeVoe 20
Diane DeVoe 20
Cory Storch 20
Ilene Silver 14
Pedro Castro 12
Brian Hodge 12
Sally Hodge 12
Yohana Osorio 12
Karen Rose Tank 9
Anand Nataraj 8
Mackensie  Roe 8
Joe Potaro NA
Erick Spector NA

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Why We Walk

Why choose this as our goal? Why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do these other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.

-From President Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice University

Why We Don't (Walk)

Why choose doing as little as possible as our goal? Why take a long nap? Why, 35 days ago, insist on flying first class across the Atlantic? Why does Texas play Rice?

We choose to look at the moon. We choose to utter platitudes in this decade and do few other things, not because they are hard, but because they are easy, because that goal will serve to attract votes, because true challenges are those that we are unwilling to address, ones which we are willing to pass onto others, and ones which we intend to ignore.

From FreeWalker, Art McDonald, Rock Hill, SC

Read Art's inspiring essay "On Walking RFK's 50"

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1 Man, 1 Canal, 1 Long Walk: Creating a National Park

On January 3, 1954, an editorial article appearing in the Washington Post which became a flashpoint for those that opposed the U.S. government's building a parkway that would pave over the old 185-mile C&O Canal. It was a long hike proposed by Associate Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas that would settle the matter and set a trend toward preserving nature and history.

The Long Walk that Saved the Canal


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