||Thoughts and comments
||Good to get to know a very pleasant wooded trail (W. Essex Trail) I was unfamiliar with before.
|Ana Maria Cardenas
||This was my first long walk and I enjoyed it a lot even though I couldn't walk the next day, haha, go figure. I will definitely do a l again.
||This was my first walk so I don't really have anything to suggest, I had fun.
||One thing that makes this walk so hard to finish is that it gets dark before it can realistically be finished. It has become a great Columbus Day tradition however so I am not suggesting it be moved to the summer when the days are longer.
||Not sure if trains run, but maybe start earlier to have more light at end?
||Great opportunity to run/hike the Lenape Trail through Essex County. Enjoyed it!
||It was a very nice day to have this walk. My feet didn't get tired.
||It was great! I talked to people, they were very friendly. We stayed together (most of the time). I liked it a lot.
||I think you should advertise this and get more of a crowd. Also, we need less long breaks and more short breaks.
||Since there are a verity of speeds of travel maybe having more places for food and or water mapped out so forward groups aren't held.
||I love meeting other people I haven't known before
||Encourage everyone to write in the blog a note about who they are, what they want to accomplish/why they're doing the walk
||I like walks of less than 10 miles. I like when shorter walks are clearly defined.
||I thought the walk was very well organized - appreciated the support of the shuttle person and food at Brookdale. I hope to schedule better next year so I can complete the trail. Thanks!
||Probably the hardest and all-round most challenging of the walks. The weather was great. I was impressed by everyone's positive attitude and extraordinary efforts.
||Maybe start a little earlier if we can. We might have to begin in some darkness. Hopefully, Mayapple section will be completed next year.
||overall enjoyed the experience. realized the importance of carrying a good flashlight or headlamp. it is very easy to lose the trail in the dark. it helped to have a guide who knew where the trails were.
||more hours of daylight, shorter time on stops and less stops. practice walks on parts of the trail where people could easily get lost. have it on the weekend so more people can recover and have the day off. helps to know where the bathroom breaks are.
||All around good experience. Participant were friendly and supportive. Route was interesting in it's variety and challenging for the same reasons.
||Do it again.
||Most impressive w/respect to organization, communication both online & in-person, and great assistance w/regard to options for shorter hikes.
||I would have liked to hike more quickly and w/fewer, shorter stops. Because the pace was slower than is my preference, I decided to complete the hike at the 5 mile mark.
||Great day. South Mountain's trails were amazingly litter free. Don't miss: 1.) the 9/11 Memorial to the right of Highlawn Pavilion on Eagle Rock. 2.) the tire swing near the Verona end on the railroad grade. Hurricane Irene provided some trees to cross on the RR, too. Diversions were as good as the trail.
||For "jack rabbits" a deli/food pickup spot is available at Valley Rd. They make PBJ's and sell Gatorade. The next close to trail food stop was Holsten's ice Cream near the Broad St/Watchung intersection. Coffee chip cone dessert was a great incentive. Natural spring has two spigots as you get to Yantacaw. All 3 spots (deli, Holstens, Yantacaw) provided good water, too.
||Just love getting to know the people. Talking along the way makes it feel so easy/
||The entire length of our walk (7 miles) were awesome. It was challenging, especially the first half mile going uphill. Everything was perfectly organized and executed. There was carpooling support which was greatly appreciated. I was happy to have met some great interesting people who shared a love for walking, the outdoors and had a positive attitude.
||Let's shoot to make it 50 walkers next time!
||I am so glad to be a part of the Freewalkers group. No one else in my circle of friends would attempt such long distance hikes! Special thanks to Tom Landes for the great chile and much needed SAG support! That really helped!
||I enjoyed hitching on with the first group of walkers. They were a very friendly group. Maybe next year I will do the final leg.
||Move it to the spring to get more daylight.