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Ian Hochstead commented on Paul Kiczek's event Speaker Series: NJ Session Trek Nepal, Discover Yourself
"I am already registered for the Thu June 2 presentation at REI Soho! "
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JACK SHI commented on Paul Kiczek's event NJ2NY50 - The Big Walk - 2016
"Did anyone else finish the full 50 other than Tom, Charles and I? Also, my post about the event is up:"
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Speaker Series: NJ Session Trek Nepal, Discover Yourself at Plainfield Public Libary

June 1, 2016 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Want to learn more about hiking the Hymalayas without going there OR to NYC for our June 2 REI speaker session?Now, due to popular demand, we have added a second session and located this one here in Central NJ at the Plainfield Public Libarary on Weds. June 1. Both…See More
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Walkwoman commented on Paul Kiczek's event NJ2NY50 - The Big Walk - 2016
"Jack Shi and Ian Hochstead. Thanks for the replies.  Maybe I'll look at the Hudson River Loop walk. Have a good trek! "
May 20
Ian Hochstead commented on Paul Kiczek's event NJ2NY50 - The Big Walk - 2016
"The "Big Walk" is very similar to the Great Saunter, however "the Big Walk" goes through more suburban and less urban areas.  So, although there are several  intermediate train stations where one can start later or stop…"
May 20
Walkwoman commented on Paul Kiczek's event NJ2NY50 - The Big Walk - 2016
"Ian Hochstead: I asked the directions to get me to Iselin by 5:15. I didn't see the note about the group waiting for the train. To get to the Penn Central  by 5 I'd have to leave by 4:20. "
May 20
JACK SHI commented on Paul Kiczek's event NJ2NY50 - The Big Walk - 2016
"You don't necessarily have to quit. You can join the walk at an intermediate train station and finish it from there. Hopefully one of the more veteran walkers can give you an approximate time for the stops. Stops: Cranford (photo, rest stop),…"
May 20
JACK SHI commented on Paul Kiczek's event NJ2NY50 - The Big Walk - 2016
"You don't necessarily have to quit. You can join the walk at an intermediate train station and finish it from there. Hopefully one of the more veteran walkers can give you an approximate time for the stops. Stops: Cranford (photo, rest stop),…"
May 20
Walkwoman commented on Paul Kiczek's event NJ2NY50 - The Big Walk - 2016
"Jack Shi:  Thanks so much for the offer.  What with the extreme length, my ignorance of the path (on The Great Saunter it's not big deal to quit at any point), and the iffy weather, I'll have to pass this time.  But really,…"
May 20
JACK SHI commented on Paul Kiczek's event NJ2NY50 - The Big Walk - 2016
"Any last minute tips for walking in the rain tomorrow?"
May 20
JACK SHI commented on Paul Kiczek's event NJ2NY50 - The Big Walk - 2016
"Hey Ian and Walkwoman, my parents are driving me that morning from Jersey City. We'll be happy to fit 2 more people in the car if you want to meet me near the Journal Square PATH station that morning."
May 20
Ian Hochstead commented on Paul Kiczek's event NJ2NY50 - The Big Walk - 2016
"I think Google Maps mislead you, I will be coming from South Brooklyn and expect to leave around 3:45 am.  The NJTransit train from Penn Station (Manhattan, 34th Street) to Metropark Station (in Iselin) leaves at 5:10 am."
May 18

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What is the farthest distance (in miles) you have ever walked?
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)
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keep them coming

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Walkable Neighborhoods Cut Obesity and Diabetes Rates

Posted on May 26, 2016 at 1:21pm 0 Comments

Neighborhoods designed for walking may decrease the rates of being overweight or obese and having diabetes by more than 10 percent, a new study concludes. The incidence of diabetes was also lowest in the most walkable neighborhoods. Conclusion: Walking, cycling and public transit rates were much higher in walkable neighborhoods,” she said, “and that leads to better health outcomes.…


Kristof on Why We Walk

Posted on May 26, 2016 at 9:00am 0 Comments

Nicholas Kristof, the famous intrepid reporter for the New York Times, just wrote a piece on why he continues to take hikes with his family and the benefit of unplugging in today's fast-paced life. Worth the read and the reminder of why we do what we do, even if we aren't always conscious of its benefits.

Read NYTimes May 26, 206…


GirlTrek: Walking Together for Health and Spirit

Posted on April 6, 2016 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

GirlTrek ( is a program that not only motivates over 58,000 people to be active on a significant scale, but mostly benefits the sedentary subset of the population: black women, who have the …


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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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…
At 1:58pm on July 17, 2015, Brian Coan said…


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

go to the Bronx hike tomorrow.


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
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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.

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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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