Practice Walk #2 - Princeton to Bound Brook -TR2NB40

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Practice Walk #2 - Princeton to Bound Brook -TR2NB40

Time: March 27, 2011 from 7am to 1:30pm
Location: D&R Canal - East Coast Greenway
Street: D&R Canal towpath
City/Town: Princeton (Turning Basin Parking Lot) to Bound Brook
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Phone: 973-214-1811
Event Type: walk, hike, princeton, bound brook, great canal walk, freewalkers, east coast greenway, d&r, canal
Organized By: Paul Kiczek
Latest Activity: Mar 27, 2011

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Event Description

A 20 -mile "practice walk" in preparation for the 40-mile Great Canal Walk ( - 4/9/11). Covers the middle leg (1/2) and follows the same East Coast Greenway / D&R Canal towpath. A casual walk to review the trail in a country setting. The 4 mile stretch in Princeton area to Kingston is said to be the prettiest section. Further out is country and farmland settings.

This is scheduled as a 6-7 hour walk with start / finish using trains. Start is officially at Turning Basin Parking Lot on Alexander Rd in Princeton. If arriving by southbound train arrives at Princeton Jct. @ 6:25 - walk along Alexander 1 mile to D&R lot.

There is an option to walk 16 miles from Kingston / Rt27 if you prefer a shorter route. At Bound Brook, options are to take Raritan Valley train back to Newark/NYC, carpool, or continue on to New Brunswick train station (6+miles). Let us know if you need/or want to offer carpooling.

This is 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 (

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Comment by Jennifer Chaky on March 26, 2011 at 4:44pm
I will be taking the train to Newark as well, and a friend will be joining so can we get two seats in the shuttle rides? I appreciate it!
Comment by Paul Kiczek on March 26, 2011 at 11:33am


I'll be damned you are right. Its 5:32. Do you know how important that extra 20 minutes is at that time? It's BIG!


Comment by Jennifer Chaky on March 26, 2011 at 11:09am
Paul- I am showing the train leaves Newark at 5:32- gives you an extra 20 so minutes!
Comment by Jennifer Chaky on March 26, 2011 at 10:39am

Thanks for the info. Paul- I don't have a car so would be hard to get to Newark that early ....but I put the word out and maybe I will get there! Thanks!


Comment by Paul Kiczek on March 26, 2011 at 9:56am
Jennifer, looks like I'm going with my original, somewhat crazy plan, of parking in Newark for 5:13 train to Princeton Jct. arrives 6:25. Walking to Starting point at Alexander rd, unless someone picks us up. I'm taking a train from Bound Brook back to Newark in the afternoon.
Comment by Jim Gregoire on March 26, 2011 at 7:44am
I will be arriving at the Princeton Junction station at 6:25.  Can anyone shuttle me and others arriving by train down to our starting point on Alexander Rd?
Comment by Jennifer Chaky on March 25, 2011 at 6:12pm
Hi- Is anybody driving to Princeton from the No. Jersey area? I am in Montclair and would love to catch a ride so I can do this. my cell is 973-851-6003. I can get a ride back- and offer one to anyone is you need. It's the morning that I am looking for. Thanks!!
Comment by Jennifer Cabral on March 25, 2011 at 3:28pm
Sorry, I won't make it this time because of some schedule issues. I will try to join you on the 40 mile one. Even if its only during part of it. Enjoy your day.
Comment by Stephanie on March 23, 2011 at 9:17pm
After reviewing schedule, I won't be able to join you this time. Have a great day! Will definitely join in another time.
Comment by Paul Kiczek on March 22, 2011 at 10:58am
Jim, I'm sure there will be others with the same idea of going to New Brunswick. I'll try to lay out some alternatives tonight in an email.

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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

Anyone can view the survey results so far. Click here to review results.
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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.

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