May 2010 Blog Posts (9)

Wellness Coach is Inspired and Motivated -- can't wait to do more!

My business and passion is helping others learn to love taking take care of their bodies and feel empowered by doing so. Even as a wellness coach, I always look for events to motivate me - something new and different to stretch my daily workouts- this was surely one. It was inspiring and most of all FUN! Fun being a key word.

So often people think of…

Added by Risa olinsky on May 28, 2010 at 8:36am — 1 Comment

The End

If we do it again I'll do more than the 4 miles this time. I met the group as they left PATH in NYC and walked up to Penn Station with them. It was fun; good conversation and a chance to look at the City lights.

Added by Dolores McKeough on May 27, 2010 at 11:06pm — No Comments


I walked with the group from Newark Penn Station to New York Penn Station. (20-25 miles?) I did not know I could do that! I am grateful for the experience and for the wonderful people I met. I am very inspired to seek out more trails in my area of northern NJ.

Added by Jennifer Chaky on May 25, 2010 at 11:13am — No Comments

Walk the East Coast Greenway in New Jersey

Yesterday, on a cool gray May morning, I walked 11 miles along the East Coast Greenway from the train station in Cranford, NJ

to Weequahic Park in Newark, NJ with my friend Risa. We had joined a group of walkers on the Big Walk who had started at 5:00 am at MetroPark on their 50-mile hike to Penn Station in New Yrok City.

The portion of the trail we walked wound through parks, including Nomagean Park in Cranford, and pleasant…


Added by David M. Ascher on May 24, 2010 at 9:12pm — No Comments

weather for big event

Hi All hikers,

Weather for tomorrow soounds like it could be good for walking. It won't be hot and it won't be sunny. Maybe we will get lucky and it won't rain too much. A lot of the forcasted rain in this area never happens because it gets deflected north by the Pennsylvania mountains. Rain is not really a disaster either because we are not walking in dirt that turns to mud like the Appalachian Trail. An extra pair of shoes and socks might be a good idea. Just my opinion. I…


Added by Tom on May 22, 2010 at 5:13pm — No Comments

National Commute to Work by Bike Day

Today, was National Commute to Work by Bike Day. So I did, partly along the East Coast Greenway in Cranford where I will be walking a 10-mile segment of the 50-mile Big Walk on Sunday, May 23. I hope Sunday's weather is as nice as today's was.

Added by David M. Ascher on May 21, 2010 at 10:07pm — 2 Comments

Save the planet — Walk to Synagogue

David Asher, a NJ2NY50 Walker, helped organize an earthday event called Save the planet — walk to synagogue! _ MetroWest News _ NJJN.pdf to encourage walking to synagogue for Congregation Beth El in South… Continue

Added by Paul Kiczek on May 19, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Do the Barnes Dance: a New way to walk in D.C.

Washington D.C. is experimenting with a new crosswalk concept its orgin traced back to the "Barnes Dance" or "pedestrian scramble" originating back in the 1950's. The original idea was to stop traffic in all directions when the light changes and allow pedestrians to cross on any corner. The version they are testing for D.C. not only allows all… Continue

Added by Paul Kiczek on May 14, 2010 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Walking Newark to New York - NJ2NY50 Practice Walk 3rd Segment - 5/2/10

We slowly gathered in Penn Station Newark Sunday, May 2nd for our last planned practice walk of 20 miles before “The Big Walk” just 3 weeks away. Igor and I carpooled after we both missed our morning trains. Maybe that was a sign that our timing was going to be off…

Added by Paul Kiczek on May 7, 2010 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

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