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The Empire State Trail is a grand concept of walking from the Battery in NYC to Canada. It's a sideways-T-shaped trail network -- a 750-mile ribbon unfurling over 130 municipalities in 27 different counties -- will be the longest multi-use recreational trail in the US. Keep that in your back pocket for the next time somebody comes at you with complaints about New York's estrangement from nature. The project is on track for a grand opening in 2020, but much of the work on the EST’s branch from Albany to Buffalo.

“These are mostly rail and tow trails,” says Andy Beers, executive director of the EST. “They’re mild-grade. Paved or stone dust. People of any ability will be able to use any section of the off-road trail. That includes people who use mobility devices. Everything is ADA compliant.”

By 2020, many entry points and trailheads to the EST will be clearly marked and outfitted with maps, information kiosks, picnic areas, bathrooms, and even fix-it stations for bike maintenance. And soon you’ll be able to see exactly which facilities are available right from your phone. “Our goal by next summer is to launch a sophisticated site,” Beers says. “You’ll be able to zoom into a specific trail segment and see what amenities are available close to the section of trail you’re using.”

Read the entire 10/8/18 article from The Thrillist here.

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A busy walking weekend started with a 26.2-mile walking tour of Philadelphia with famed athlete Diana Nyad and her walking organization EverWalk. It ended with kids of all ages enjoying a stroll in the park along with music and fun games. We're spreading the good news about walking!
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Touring the Industrial Side of Brooklyn

Each year around this time the FreeWalkers take on the always interesting borough of Brooklyn. Its an area steep in history and legend that is always changing and showing some of the best reasons its become a destination for tourists and walking pilgrims.

This year FreeWalker Nancy Jonap guided about 40 of us us on a 12 mile walk with many interesting stops including sections of Brooklyn like Dumbo, Red Hook, Gwanus and Sunset Park. Stops at chocolate, whiskey, wine, beer and other vendors in Industry City were some of the highlights of the walk. We ended by taking the Wall Street Ferry back from Sunset Park. Quite the day in the city.

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Records are made to be broken. And, what better example of a walking/hiking feat than to top the time record to hike the Appalachian Trail. Belgian dentist Karel Sabbe now holds the Appalachian Trail (AT) speed record for with a supported hike of 41 days, 7 hours, 39 minutes. 

Karel Sabbe crossed the trailhead at Mt. Katahdin in August, completing the 2,189-mile AT faster than anyone before him.The previous record of 45 days, 12 hours, 15 minutes, set by Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy in 2017, still stands as the self-supported AT record.

See article in GearJunkie

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Each summer for the past six years, NY Times reporter Nicholas Kristof has hiked sectons of the Pacific Crest Trail. This year they completed their final segment. Read about his adventure and the benefits of planning a family hiking adventure. 

NY Times Opinion section - "Six Years, Four Feet, 2,650 Miles"



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Trenton's Shaky Bridge

A few yards away from the banks of the Delaware River in Trenton’s Stacy Park is a bridge so short it hardly serves a purpose. But don’t judge the bridge’s merit by its size. It’s the work of John A. Roebling, the civil engineer who built the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. This little New Jersey bridge was built by Roebling as part of a demonstration project in the 19th century and later gifted to Trenton. It’s said that the structure is modeled on his Niagara Falls Bridge. Named lately as the “Shaky Bridge,” based on the fact that the wooden planks shake back and forth as you traverse the roughly 20-foot span.

Read more about the unstable Roebling bridge here.


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Marathon March

If you think walking 40 or 50 miles is a scary proposition, read about a very strange event inspired by Stephen King's psychological horror novel "The Long Walk." First published in 1979, Long Walk is set in a future dystopian America ruled by an authoritarian. The country holds an annual walking contest in which 100 teens must journey, non-stop and under strict rules, until only one of them is still standing alive to receive the prize. A film of the novel is now in production by New Line Cinema.

Read more about an event that takes place each year in Sweden that's based on the story.

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Long walks can improve moods and reduce anxiety, but the benefits may be greatest if the walks take place outdoors rather than in a gym, Many different aspects of exercise are thought to affect how much we like working out. But in general, most experts agree that a workout’s intensity and its duration have the greatest influence on our feelings about it.

In one study, walking had been “more pleasurable” than not walking, even though the walks’ duration had been long. And, walking outdoors was more enjoyable than on a treadmill. Many people these days take up high-intensity interval training report but often also say that the intensity is short but not fun for them. which, over the long term, could discourage them from continuing. Is a long gentler program like long distance walking more productive for fitness?

New York Times - June 28, 2017 -  GRETCHEN REYNOLDS


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