April 2011 Blog Posts (9)

Hoboken Makes Gold - Walk Friendly Communities

Although we only skirted the edge of Hoboken last year, David Loutzenheiser, passed on this news item that Hoboken had recently won a Gold-level for Walk Friendly Communities. A tip of the hat to our NJ community and New York City neighbor. As anyone who has been through there lately, its a great place to walk but a sorry place to park a car.…


Added by Paul Kiczek on April 27, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Log for NB2MP10 - 4/16/11 - The Tween Walk - New Brunswick to Metropark

It was cold and damp enough at 8:15 a.m. when I joined our large group gathering in the New Brunswick train station. I and maybe 10 other FreeWalkers had come off  the train from Metropark where we had parked. The station provided some indoor shelter with a Dunkin Donuts and bathrooms within.…


Added by Paul Kiczek on April 21, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

2 Down & 1 BIG WALK to go!

FYI FreeWalkers: Mike Kruimer, our trusty SAG support guy with the van, wrote this report up on our last Tween Walk between New Brunswick and Metropark on Saturday 4/16/11. He's the Chairman of the NJ Committee for the East Coast Greenway Alliance and Board Member of NJ Bike & Walk Coalition.

April 17th, 2011

On April 16th, the Freewalkers (www.freewalkers.org) completed their second phase of a three…


Added by Paul Kiczek on April 18, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

NYC Marathon Nov 6, 2011

Is anybody planning on walking the NYC Marathon?  I just put in an application -- they put you in a lottery for an actual entry in the event. I'm definitely not racing or worrying about time, just hoping to walk and see the hooplah and the five boroughs.

Added by Bob Rogers on April 18, 2011 at 8:04pm — 3 Comments

Log for TR2NB40 - 4/9/11 - Great Canal Walk - Trenton to New Brunswick

With a shifting weather forecast it was hard to say how this day would turn out when I got up at 4:00 a.m. The day before had been rainy. The trail could be muddy. But for now there was nothing stopping the assault of our feet on the great D&R Canal.… Continue

Added by Paul Kiczek on April 12, 2011 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

April 9 Walk--Trenton to New Brunswick (or almost)

Great thanks to Paul for the terrific organization and weather.  Super thanks to Mike and Ann Kruimer, and their delightful granddaughters, for support and for sagging four of us out at South Bound Brook.  Mike Oliva and his team were wonderful for providing great drinks and snacks and encouragement.  Of course we must thank Andrew Berson who was fantastic on his bike on the trail, providing encouragement and help, especially to those with blistered feet.  I hope I didn't forget anyone.… Continue

Added by David M. Ascher on April 11, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Photo Album from yesterday

Paul, I'm in the process of creating an album called Doug's Great Canal Walk.  It wuould be great if you could post it to the front page.



Added by Doug Arbesfeld on April 10, 2011 at 11:15am — 1 Comment

Is the cross jersey website MyLog function fixed yet?


Not to be a pest since I've written about this before, but I've logged a walk, but can't see it anywhere on the site.

Is it fixed?  Should I re-enter the data?


Added by Doug Arbesfeld on April 4, 2011 at 8:40am — 2 Comments

"Hiking from Trenton to New Brunswick" MyCentralJersey.com

April 2, 2011 - Here's a great article on upcoming FreeWalkers' Great Canal Walk and the East Coast Greenway. We made the Home Tribune front page on this one. The author covers some good points of our walks and the…


Added by Paul Kiczek on April 3, 2011 at 9:53pm — No Comments

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Stroll & Roll - Union County

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Philadelphia Marathon Walk

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Legend of Sleepy Hollow Walk

October 30, 2016 - Rick Mohovich led about a dozen FreeWalkers around the Tarrytown area in a walk that passed through the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery of Wahington Irving fame.

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Tour of Boston

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