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Spring Ahead Walk 2015 - Trenton to Princeton at D&R Canal Towpath - East Coast Greenway

March 22, 2015 from 8am to 12:30pm
A FREE 12-mile walk from city to country. (Formerly called Practice Walk#1) This is 1/2 day warm up for the 40-mile Great Canal Walk (http://TR2NB40.org ). Covers the first leg (1/3) and follows the same East Coast Greenway / D&R Canal towpath. A casual walk to size up the trail and get…See More
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Old Croton Aqueduct Trail #1 - Croton to Tarrytown at Croton-Harmon Station - Metro North

March 8, 2015 from 9:30am to 3pm
NOTE: Starting time has changed to 9:30 a.m.to accommodate change in daylight savings.The Old Croton Aqueduct was New York City's major source of clean drinking water for many years. It was built between 1839 and 1842 and was used, along with later water tunnels, until 1959. The aqueduct reaches from the Croton Dam and reservoir in Westchester County all the way to 42nd Street in…See More
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Camino Portugese Tour at Tui to Santiago de Compostela, Spain

April 18, 2015 to April 25, 2015
NOTE: This event is sold out. We have a limit of 22 for this  event. If you would like to be put on the wait list contact pkiczek@freewalkers.org via email.Camino Portugese Walk is a new multi-day venture for the FreeWalkers and is scheduled for Saturday April 18 thru Saturday April 25, 2015. This 7-day tour is set in the northwest section of Spain in the Galicia province near the coast, famous for its hillsides, scenery, food and history as an old pilgrimage route. Our route will be the…See More
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Old Croton Aqueduct Trail #1 - Croton to Tarrytown at Croton-Harmon Station - Metro North

March 8, 2015 from 8:30am to 2pm
NOTE: Starting time has changed to 9:30 a.m.to accommodate change in daylight savings.The Old Croton Aqueduct was New York City's major source of clean drinking water for many years. It was built between 1839 and 1842 and was used, along with later water tunnels, until 1959. The aqueduct reaches from the Croton Dam and reservoir in Westchester County all the way to 42nd Street in…See More
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Old Croton Aqueduct Trail #1 - Croton to Tarrytown at Croton-Harmon Station - Metro North

March 8, 2015 from 8:30am to 2pm
NOTE: Starting time has changed to 9:30 a.m.to accommodate change in daylight savings.The Old Croton Aqueduct was New York City's major source of clean drinking water for many years. It was built between 1839 and 1842 and was used, along with later water tunnels, until 1959. The aqueduct reaches from the Croton Dam and reservoir in Westchester County all the way to 42nd Street in…See More
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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)
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keep them coming

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Communities Creating Their Own Trail Signs

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 4:32pm 0 Comments

It started as a technically illegal exercise in improving how people experience the streets of Raleigh, North Carolina. Just some simple signs, lashed to light poles, at a few of the city’s key intersections, letting residents and visitors know what attractions and amenities could be found within walking distance and how many minutes it would take to reach them on…

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Walk Hard but Walk Easy too

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 4:12pm 0 Comments

Intense, interval-style workouts are all the rage in fitness these days. The theory is that brief bouts of very hard exercise have been shown to improve the health and fitness with just minutes of suffering each week.

Such efficiency is alluring, but high-intensity interval training…

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The Benefits of a Lunch Hour Walk

Posted on January 22, 2015 at 11:16am 0 Comments

A new study finds that even gentle lunchtime strolls can perceptibly — and immediately — buoy people’s moods and ability to handle stress at work.

It is not news, of course, that walking is healthy and that people who walk or otherwise exercise regularly tend to be more calm, alert and happy than people who are inactive.

In a recent study,…

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Hiking the Perimeter of New Jersey

Posted on January 12, 2015 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

Ok. We FreeWalkers hike across the state every year. And, many people think that's crazy. But, we've never gone around a state.

Michael Helbing, founder of Metrotrails has his sites on walking the perimeter of the state. Mike has completed over 100 hikes along the state border and has 18 more planned in 2015 that will…

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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

At 5:01pm on January 6, 2015, tom stock said…

lets expand to long island   125 miles from rocky point to Montauk point, cut in thirds, 10 miles of road walking the rest woods.

have also walked around the entire perimeter of Long Island in two summers off and on.

regards,

tom stock

At 6:17pm on December 14, 2014, Rosemarie Strawn said…

Paul, thanks, me too cheers :)

At 11:11am on December 9, 2014, Frank P McNulty said…

   Thanks for your welcome. I look forward to the walks in 2015. Frank McNulty

At 5:58pm on November 16, 2014, Hans Peter Graf said…

Thank you, Paul for the entertaining walk today through Manhattan and a part of Brooklyn I did not know before. I look forward to great walks together in the future.

At 4:10pm on November 5, 2014, Craig C Weeks said…

Two of the guys did it and completed it in 13 hours.  Sadly I was unable to participate as my flight back from the Midwest was cancelled and I did not get home in time to hike.  Those guys walked 6 hours in cold rain so I give them lots of credit!

At 5:55pm on October 7, 2014, yolanda castillo said…
Next year ...looking forward walking and doing some sightseeing with the group.
At 10:18pm on September 25, 2014, joan schneider said…

Thank you Paul.  Look forward to the walk on Sat.

At 8:30am on August 7, 2014, Pam Fischer said…

Hi Paul, yes I saw Michele's article and that prompted me to check out the website and learn more.  Not sure what you've heard about me, but I've been working in traffic safety for nearly 3 decades.  First with AAA NJ, then as director of the NJ Div. of Highway Traffic Safety and now as a transportation safety consultant.  I'm an avid fitness walker (have my mom to thank for that -- at 77 she still walks between 5-8 miles a day) and am constantly reminding everyone about our stop for pedestrians law as well as checking that pedestrians use crosswalks and walk facing traffic (have pointed this out to many who have put themselves at risk).  Currently, I'm working with the No. Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), to develop, pilot and evaluate the state's first pedestrian safety education and enforcement program -- Street Smart NJ (http://bestreetsmartnj.org).  We're working in Newark, Jersey City, Hackettstown, Long Beach Island and Woodbridge and it's going very well.  Our goal is to expand this to municipalities across the state.  I recently developed an implementation checklist (on the Street Smart website) to hep towns get on board.  As for Saturday's Columbia Trail walk, I'm signed up and am looking forward to it.  I live in Long Valley, but have never walked the trail so figured it's about time.  Hope to meet you then.

 
 
 

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

Recent 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.

Philly Freedom Walk

Our 20-mile walking tour of Philadelphia brought together over 30 FreeWalkers (7/18/14).

Connecticut Coastal Walks

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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