TR2NB40 - Great Canal Walk - 2012

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TR2NB40 - Great Canal Walk - 2012

Time: April 7, 2012 from 7am to 9pm
Location: D & R Canal - Trenton to New Brunswick
Street: Starts: Trenton Transit Center
City/Town: Starts: Trenton Ends: New Brunswick
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Phone: 973-214-1811
Event Type: walk, distance walk, hike, cross-jersey walking challenge
Latest Activity: Apr 8, 2012

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Trace the towpath footsteps of the Delaware & Raritan Canal, a 175 year old waterway across Central New Jersey - from Trenton to New Brunswick. The TR2NB40 - Great Canal Walk, a 40-mile, one -day long distance walk, is a superb physical and mental challenge and the first event in a series of three walking events aiming to walk across New Jersey following the East Coast Greenway.
he FreeWalkers are partnering again with the East Coast Greenway on a program for 2012 called the Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge which sets a goal of walking the 100 miles of the ECG, across the entire State, at any time during the year. 

This event is free and open to the public. 

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Comment by Paul Kiczek on April 8, 2012 at 9:21pm


Thanks for coming and I'm glad you appreciated the support. I think you are right too. On this one, the support was most needed and the quality of support was A+

Comment by Albert Walker on April 8, 2012 at 6:30pm

Paul - Support from Andy, Mike and EMS was great!  I truly appreciated seeing the support team at the last two stops.  Nice job with the weather. 

Comment by Anand Nataraj on April 8, 2012 at 12:14pm

This was a great event! Thanks to Paul for organizing this with perfect logistics! Look forward to the next one already! My 12 year old loved it!

Comment by Lori Chessen Hinds on April 6, 2012 at 8:20pm

I unfortunately wont be able to make it now....Have a fun and safe day

Comment by Karen Rose Tank on April 6, 2012 at 7:33pm

Hi Paul,

I will be returning... to walk from Princeton to Blackwell Mills... another 12 miler... the perfect distance for me.. plus we have a passover seder to attend in the early evening. LOVE having the free walkers in and around my neck of the woods! I will be picking up Risa and David at the PJ train station and shuttling them to Turning Basin before about 10:45... to meet up with the group.


Comment by Paul Kiczek on April 5, 2012 at 9:27pm


Most of our walks are pretty long and challenging. We always encourage those that think it might be too much to do just a part of the walk that's why we set out a schedule and milestones. We do have shorter walks, like the 12-mile Tween Walk, next weekend. That start at 8 in New Brunswick and ends around noon in Metro Park - an easy train ride back to NB. The general pace for all our walks is around 3mph which is not fast but not slow either. It's a steady deliberate pace that most people can do.

Comment by Vincenzo on April 5, 2012 at 4:38pm

I think this is a little too long not only for me but to all the people I know who might be interested. It's not the physical challenge but the time consumption. I know so many people who would be interested in a 4-6 hours walk but none of them can spare a weekend day. I don't understand how people may join from different locations! Will there be timing? And finally, what will be the pace or speed and the frequency of rests (if any)? I'm sorry I'm just trying to do my first walk here.

Comment by Isabelle LeCun on April 5, 2012 at 11:03am

I will attend but will start at Princeton.

Comment by Paul Kiczek on April 5, 2012 at 11:02am


Looks like around noon to as late as 1:00 at Kingston. This will be a major lunch stop - about 1/2 hr. We'll have a prize drawing there too. Check the Mileage & Schedule page for better feel of timing.

Comment by Paul Kiczek on April 4, 2012 at 11:17pm


Good question on the footbridge parking. I think the closest is Basin Rd. about 1/4 mile before we get to the footbridge. Here's a link to all the parking lots.

Attending (41)

Might attend (19)

Not Attending (2)

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.
As usual, add your photos, video and blog on this website for everyone to share. 

Words to Walk By

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"

Walking History

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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Distant Thoughts

A Winter's Walking Challenge

40 hearty FreeWalkers faced a cold and dreary February for 17 hours to re-kindle the Kennedy can-do spirit.

The Sounds of a Long Walk

Just a few days ago, I noticed, maybe for the first time, the sounds of the Great Canal Walk. For most of the 40 miles and 15 hours that day there was an absence of sound in this body of water as still as glass on that calm day....


X-Jersey Challenge

Final list of entrants for the Cross-Jersey Challenge. The goal was 100 miles across NJ in 2013.

Divia Arpino 100
Glenn Markulin 100
Paul Kiczek 100
Albert Walker 100
William Radkovich 100
Jessica Wachtel 74
Daniel Jeffrey 55
David Ascher 54
Hua Davis 42
Jim McRoberts


In Their Footsteps

These FreeWalkers have demonstrated our spirit of determination, adventure and community and help set the standard for the rest of us. Awards were presented at the June 23rd Celebration Event. Click here to learn their personal story and what it means to be a FreeWalker.

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