Raritan Valley 20-mile "Whistle Stop" Walk

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Raritan Valley 20-mile "Whistle Stop" Walk

Time: November 1, 2014 from 8am to 5pm
Location: Cranford Train Station
Street: South Avenue East
City/Town: Cranford, N.J.
Website or Map: http://www.njtransit.com/rg/r…
Event Type: multi-distance, walk
Organized By: Robert Quinlan
Latest Activity: Nov 1, 2014

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Event Description

This event was cancelled 10/31/14 due to weather. Expected to be rescheduled in the future.

Join us for an approximate 20-mile walk from Cranford to Somerville, New Jersey, on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 (last day of "Daylight Savings" Time). 

We will start at the N.J. Transit Station in Cranford and finish at the N.J. Transit Station in Somerville (Somerset County).  This walk through central New Jersey will closely parallel the "Raritan Valley" Line, which has weekend service from Penn Station in Newark. 

Walk the entire distance or return to Penn Station from any of the train stations along the way- Westfield, Fanwood, Plainfield, Dunellen, Bound Brook or Bridgewater.  Eastbound trains depart hourly from most of these stations to Newark's Penn Station on weekends.  For additional information and schedules, visit www.njtransit.com

Although most of the miles we walk will be on level, paved suburban streets and sidewalks, we will walk through a few parks along the way (hopefully there will be some colorful fall foliage remaining).  There will be plenty of food and drink options along the route, but everyone should bring at least one bottle of water and a few snacks or energy bars.  Comfortable walking shoes, sneakers or light hiking shoes are recommended.     

We will meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Cranford Train Station and begin our walk at 8:15 a.m.  

THIS EVENT MAY BE CANCELLED IN THE EVENT OF SEVERE WEATHER (HEAVY RAIN, THUNDERSTORMS, ETC.)

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Comment by Robert Quinlan on October 31, 2014 at 6:05pm

Sorry everyone, but due to the deteriorating weather forecast for tomorrow (Sat, Nov. 1), we've decided to CANCEL the Raritan Valley "Whistle Stop" walk.  At this point, it appears that a "Nor'easter" may bring strong winds and rain showers through most of the area during the morning and into the afternoon.  This could cause hazardous conditions such as falling tree limbs, power lines, etc.  It wouldn't be  pleasant walking conditions, to say the least.  Hopefully we can reschedule this walk for a later date.  

Thank you all for your enthusiasm and again, my regrets that we have to cancel this walk.

Bob Quinlan

 

Comment by Robert Quinlan on October 29, 2014 at 7:52am
Ian- yes, you have it correct. We will not start the walk until the the 7:55 a.m. train arrives in Cranford. However, watch this page and your e-mails as the weather is looking a little uncertain at this point. We will make a decision on Friday and notify everyone (by 6:00 p.m. Friday) who has signed up for the walk if we decide to cancel. Hopefully the forecast will improve.
Comment by Ian Hochstead on October 27, 2014 at 12:36pm

If I am understanding the NJ Transit website correctly, NYC (all 4 boroughs) residents can go to Penn Station New York (34th Street in Manhattan) for the 7:07 am North Jersey Coast train to Newark Penn Station (arriving 7:25 am) and then connect to the Raritan Valley train which departs Newark at 7:38 am and is scheduled to arrive at Cranford at 7:55 am.

Comment by Robert Quinlan on October 22, 2014 at 3:48pm

We changed this walk a little to reduce the mileage and make it a little more relaxed.  Instead of starting in Union, we decided it would be easier to start at the Cranford Train Station and finish in Somerville, where there are many nice restaurants and a train station about a block from the vibrant downtown area.  We wil meet in Cranford at 8:00 a.m. and start our walk at 8:15 a.m.  Hope to see everyone there.     

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