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Christine Roberts liked Paul Kiczek's event The TRAINing Walk: Maplewood to Morristown
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Risa olinsky commented on Paul Kiczek's event The TRAINing Walk: Maplewood to Morristown
"Not a problem… there will be others on that train as well-- my cell is 201-618-5582 "
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Renee Scott commented on Paul Kiczek's event The TRAINing Walk: Maplewood to Morristown
"Thanks Risa. The train is scheduled to be in Maplewood by 854 but they expect delays of up to 15 mins on the weekend.  Any chance of waiting a bit past 9? Can you send me your cell phone number privately, of course? Thanks."
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Risa olinsky commented on Paul Kiczek's event The TRAINing Walk: Maplewood to Morristown
"Renee,  Yes, the line is Midtown Direct which ends up in either Gladstone and sometimes Dover - just be careful that you get on one that does stop where you want to be -- not every train stops in every station.  BUT yes, it's the same…"
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Renee Scott commented on Paul Kiczek's event The TRAINing Walk: Maplewood to Morristown
"Risa or Dave - I have a question regarding the train coming out of Summit to Maplewood. Is this one the same line as the train from Morristown to Summit?  I'm a bit confused looking at the schedule.  I'm coming from central…"
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The TRAINing Walk: Maplewood to Morristown at Maplewood Train Station

February 6, 2016 from 9am to 3pm
Start getting in walking shape for 2016.Walk from Maplewood to Morristown, 14 miles through several communities and villages. The TRAIN stations are not much more than 2-3 miles apart and there are plenty of rest stops if you need a bathroom, lunch or coffee or just to warm up. This is the perfect walk for someone who would like to challenge themselves and also have the option to hop the train back to Maplewood or another destination including NYC. We will walk along the NJ Midtown Direct Line…See More
Feb 2
Su Uddin commented on Paul Kiczek's event The TRAINing Walk: Maplewood to Morristown
"Question, Do I need to register for the walk or just show up>  Also, where is the meeting to start the walk, at the Maplewood train station west bound? This is my first walk with the group and I'm looking forward to it!"
Jan 31
Ann Machado commented on Paul Kiczek's event The TRAINing Walk: Maplewood to Morristown
"I am not familiar with the Maplewood area.  Where would be the best place to park for this event?  Thank you."
Jan 31
Mike Waltz liked Paul Kiczek's event The TRAINing Walk: Maplewood to Morristown
Jan 23
Risa olinsky commented on Paul Kiczek's event The TRAINing Walk: Maplewood to Morristown
"Freewalkers:  I recommend if you do live in any of the towns we will be walking through and plan to start in Maplewood, consider taking the train to the starting point, so you don't need your car. That way you can get on and off as you…"
Jan 22
Christine Roberts commented on Paul Kiczek's event The TRAINing Walk: Maplewood to Morristown
"Looking forward to our first walk with you"
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The TRAINing Walk: Maplewood to Morristown at Maplewood Train Station

February 6, 2016 from 9am to 3pm
Start getting in walking shape for 2016.Walk from Maplewood to Morristown, 14 miles through several communities and villages. The TRAIN stations are not much more than 2-3 miles apart and there are plenty of rest stops if you need a bathroom, lunch or coffee or just to warm up. This is the perfect walk for someone who would like to challenge themselves and also have the option to hop the train back to Maplewood or another destination including NYC. We will walk along the NJ Midtown Direct Line…See More
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The TRAINing Walk: Maplewood to Morristown at Maplewood Train Station

February 6, 2016 from 9am to 3pm
Start getting in walking shape for 2016.Walk from Maplewood to Morristown, 14 miles through several communities and villages. The TRAIN stations are not much more than 2-3 miles apart and there are plenty of rest stops if you need a bathroom, lunch or coffee or just to warm up. This is the perfect walk for someone who would like to challenge themselves and also have the option to hop the train back to Maplewood or another destination including NYC. We will walk along the NJ Midtown Direct Line…See More
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Paul Kiczek left a comment for Jennifer Mabee
"Jennifer Welcome to the FreeWalkers. I look forward to walking with you. Paul"
Dec 17, 2015
Will Holland liked Paul Kiczek's blog post On the Longest Hiking Trails, a Woman Finds Equal Footing
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How did you learn about the FreeWalkers
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What is the farthest distance (in miles) you have ever walked?
62
What is your interest in joining the FreeWalkers?
Exercise/Fitness, Social Networking, Pro-Pedestrian Issues, Personal Challenge
What events might you be interested in participating?
NJ2NY50 (50 mile walk), LENAPE34 (34 mile walk), TR2NB40 (40 mile walk), Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge (100 miles/1 yr), Walking Tours (under 10 miles - historical/cultural/etc.), Practice Walks (shorter preview segments of longer walks)
Do you have any suggestions for walks?
keep them coming

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The Liberty Bridge: Pipedream or Future Reality?

Posted on November 9, 2015 at 3:37pm 0 Comments

Kevin Shane, a Jersey City resident has devoted much of his free time over the past year to researching and developing a fanciful plan for a span that would enable commuters and tourists to bike or walk between downtown Jersey City and Lower Manhattan. It would be more than a mile long and would rise more than 200 feet above the river.…

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On the Longest Hiking Trails, a Woman Finds Equal Footing

Posted on November 3, 2015 at 4:09pm 0 Comments

Women can compete on an equal footing with men on walking long distances. So says the ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek "The gender gap diminishes and disappears over distance. When you’re traveling over 2,000 miles, it doesn’t matter if you are male or female. Superhuman powers are superhuman powers; they know no gender, no…

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It's Not Hiking: The Patient Practice of Long Distance Walking

Posted on July 27, 2015 at 2:43pm 0 Comments

Check out the FreeWalkers in a national article on Long Distance Walking. The author provides a great story and photos of our experience, and background information. It includes information on another association with similar methods and goals called the LDWA based in England. We're getting nice…

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Michael Helbing is About to Be the First Person to Walk the Perimeter of New Jersey

Posted on July 24, 2015 at 4:49pm 0 Comments

Most FreeWalkers know of Michael Helbing and his Metrotrails organization that tackle challenging, unique and off-beat trails around New Jersey. And. if you know Michael you know he has a singular passion of walking the entire perimeter of New Jersey. A lot of that is coast and good deal is difficult to access.…

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At 5:03pm on November 12, 2015, Chesna Closs said…

Thank you. It's great to be a member.

At 9:12am on September 16, 2015, Amy Hebard said…

Paul,  Got your email and one from David Ascher as well.  Yes, Jim and I moved to Rhinebeck in May and it's a hiker's paradise.  We'd love to help organize an event in 2016!

At 10:07pm on September 10, 2015, Rasika Athawale said…
Thanks!
At 1:58pm on July 17, 2015, Brian Coan said…

Paul,

Thank you.  I had a great time on the Philadelphia hike last weekend and I plan to

go to the Bronx hike tomorrow.

Brian

At 10:31pm on June 7, 2015, Dana M Erwin said…

I had a great time.  I look forward to walking with you more often.

At 7:12pm on May 12, 2015, Tamara Mishiyeva said…

Paul, Thank you very much. I've heard great things about Freewalkers and am looking forward to the wonderful walks. Tamara

At 3:43pm on April 14, 2015, Maryann said…
Thanks for the warm welcome. Some great walks have been planned and look forward to participating.
At 2:38pm on March 23, 2015, Penelope Rowlands said…

Hi Paul --

The Hamilton walk was just fine.  Easy and about 1.5 miles, as you had said.  It was a good distance for me; next time I'll double it (or more!)  Working my way up slowly.

Very nice group and experience!

cheers, Penelope

At 11:20pm on January 12, 2015, Gina Harrison said…

Thanks for the welcome. Heard great things about Free walker from Shorewalkers. Looking forward to some fun walks!

At 10:48am on January 7, 2015, tom stock said…

125 miles east west

 
 
 

Recent Events

Live from the trail:
Hartford-Providence Expedition

Columbia to Putnam July 29 - Loredana, Ken and Nancy are on a 110 mile week-long expedition on the ECGA. This day they have company. Read Reporter's Notes for the latest news from our explorers.


Hudson Loop Walk 2015

About 65 FreeWalkers got past the morning rain and were rewarded with a great day for walking the Hudson. Always a treat this time of year and a fan favorite.

See survey results here.

Boston Greenbelt Walk 2015

About 35 walkers made their way through the towns, parks and lands surrounding Boston from Newton to Malden on May 30 for our annual journey marking a great new trail to enjoy. There's a vibrant walking community here for FreeWalkers!

See survey results here.

The Big Walk 2015

Our 6th annual "Big Walk" was held on May 16th with a small tough group of 18 challenging the elements and the extreme distance. The rains finally came but it didn't dampen the spirits!
Survey results
Event Photos

Camino Portuguese Walking Tour

From 4/18 to 4/25 22 FreeWalkers traveled to Spain to walk the ancient pilgrim trails from Tui to Santiago de Compostela. Part of the famed Camino de Santiago. We walked 75 miles north to Santiago seeing the province of Galicia through villages, cities and farmlands. A most memorable European adventure. See survey results here.

The BeTween Walk

On 4/18, 19 FreeWalkers participated in our 5th annual 12-mile easy walk through Middlesex County. Group pic? Always an interesting detour in the heart of NJ.

Great Canal Walk

On 4/11, 30 FreeWalkers participated in our 5th annual 40-mile tough walk along the D&R Canal. Survey show 5 of 13 respondents made it to the end.

See survey results here.


EMS Private Club Sale & Camino Meeting

James Gallagher, mgr of EMS Bridgwater opened his store up for a private sale - 20% off everything, free prizes, pizza & discussion of prepping for the Camino. Great event for 15 FreeWalker guests.

Spring Ahead Walk

25 walked the D&R Canal from Trenton to Princeton 3/22/15. See photos here.

Old Croton Aqueduct Trail #2 Walk

19 walkers trekked along the icy trail from Tarrytown to Van Cortland on March 15. See photos here.

Summary by Jack Shi.

Kennedy 50-Mile Walk

On February 7, 2015 about 40 walkers braved the cold and re-lived the 50-mile walk along the C&O Canal that Bobby Kennedy made famous.

See Kennedy50.org for details.

Hudson Waterfront South Walk

On Superbowl Sunday, February 1st, over 60 walkers from four walking groups joined together to walk 20-miles from Liberty State Park to the Bayonne Bridge. This was our first "UnitedWalking Event" a successful one to kick off our new big event program.

Click here for details.

Past Events

Tour of Brooklyn 2014 & Year End Party

On November 16, 2014 about 35 FreeWalkers followed our native Brooklynite, Renata Luisi and walked from Penn Station to Willaimsburg topping off the 2014 season with a rousing visit to the Radegast Beer Hall.

The Battle of Short Hills Walk

On October 18, 2014 about 29 FreeWalkers followed a Revolutionary War historic battle march into the Watchung mountains as well as experience other historical sites along the way.

The Origins Walk: Lenape34

On Monday, October 13, 2014,our 5th annual 34-mile trek through the wilds of Essex County will took place - a tough event to finish.

The Endless Summer Walk

Over 32 FreeWalkers extended their 2014 summer by walking our 4th annual Jersey shore event on September 27th.

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 22nd Celebration Event. Click here to learn their personal story and what it means to be a FreeWalker.

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"

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