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A Great Day for a Long Walk

Our Fourth Annual Great Canal Walk took place on Saturday, April 5, 2014. This is our first long walk of the NY/NJ FreeWalkers season with options to walk the entire 40 length of the D&R Canal from Trenton to New Brunswick.

Five hearty walkers chose to walk the entire distance of 40 miles. Many this year elected to walk the Spring Ahead Walk (12 miles) on March 23 and take the more reasonable choice of walking 28 on April 5 to reach the goal of 40 miles. It seemed like a good and popular choice - especially considering the brutal winter we were all emerging from.


 

We once again were fortunate to have our excellent support provided by the East Coast Greenway, Eastern Mountain Sports and Blue Ridge Mountain SportsThis event always draws an interesting and enthusiastic group of walkers for this inspriational walk along a great piece of Jersey beauty and history.

Don't forget this walk represented the first segment in the Cross-Jersey Challenge which offers a challenge of walking across the entire state of New Jersey in 3 separate events. If you walked, or even missed these first two walks, you have the beTween Walk (April 19) and the Big Walk (May 10) to add to your challenge mileage. You can make up the mileage you miss by walking those miles anytime during the year. We recommend you look through the information on this site. Be sure to sign up and record your mileage if you want to participate in the challenge.

Take a New Journey on an Old Canal for Health and Fun

PRINCETON, NJ - Before there were railroads, automobiles and airplanes a network of 1,000 miles of canals moved people and goods which helped build our vibrant northeast. Canals were built nearby with a towpath to enable horses to slowly draw canal boats and barges carrying coal from Pennsylvania to the booming metropolitan areas in New Jersey and New York.

Today, people move themselves faster over these natural highways as pedestrians, runners, equestrians, and bicyclists. The Delaware & Raritan Canal continues as a one of the state’s most beloved recreation resources.

To experience the

WALK THE GREAT D&R CANAL ON APRIL 6, 2013

Starting from the Delaware River, trace the footsteps of this 175 year old waterway and transportation system across Central New Jersey - from Trenton to New Brunswick. The Great Canal Walk is a forty-mile, one-day long distance event that is a superb physical and mental challenge and the first event in a series of walking events aiming to walk across New Jersey following the East Coast Greenway.

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park is one of central New Jersey's most popular recreational corridors for canoeing, jogging, hiking, bicycling, fishing and horseback riding.

Prep for the Great Canal Walk with the Spring Ahead Walk

The FreeWalkers recently announced the Spring Ahead Walk scheduled for Sunday, March 24, 2013 which is a 12 mile walk and a good practice distance for Great Canal Walk (http://TR2NB40.org) on April 6, 2013. This walk can help condition walkers for the future event and for planning resources and stops along the way, The 12 miles will take about 4 hours at a comfortable pace. This same segment is part of the D&R Canal route and can be applied to the Cross Jersey Challenge. Walkers partiipating will get a good feeling of the trail for the starting portion of 40-mile event as well as test their

Towing A Message: Walk a Towpath for Health and Fun

PRINCETON, NJ - In the early 1800’s, before there were railroads, a network of 1,000 miles of canals moved people and goods which helped build our vibrant northeast. Canals were built nearby with a towpath to enable horses to slowly draw canal boats and barges carrying coal from Pennsylvania to the booming metropolitan areas in New Jersey and New York. Now, plenty of people move themselves faster over these natural highways as pedestrians, runners, equestrians, and bicyclists.

Locally, thanks goes to conservation efforts and the New Jersey State Park System, the Delaware & Raritan Canal

Updated! Transportation considerations for the 2014 TR2NB40

on Wed, 12/22/2010 - 19:00

As in all of our FreeWalkers walking events, we try to accommodate mass transportation as much as possible. In this particular event, we'll start at the Trenton Transit Center. There is parking there and a NY train that arrives at 6:44 a.m. which can accommodate passengers from other stations, like Newark and Metropark, along the way. The endpoint of the walk, New Brunswick has parking right across from station and has good rail service. Better yet, it appears the parking meters are in effect Mon-Fri and parking on the street should be free! NOTE: We expect to have East Coast Greenway staff assisting us again this year. Read on for more details on getting around.

Log for TR2NB40 - 4/9/11 - Great Canal Walk

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. When combining distance and number of walkers this would be like no event in this historical and pastoral area of New Jersey.

Car parking in the 24-hour garage across from the New Brunswick station was easy.

Great Walk Along a Great Canal

Wednesday, April 13 by silvia, West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance

Hats off to all 50 or so people who took part in TR2NB40 — a 40-mile walk from Trenton to New Brunswick along the D&R Canal on Saturday. Not all walked the entire route, but it sounds like everyone had a good time. We received two reports, one from WWBPA trustee Michael Ogg and another from WWBPA member Loretta Rice.

 “It was fun talking with others and learning about other walks such as The Great Saunter on May 7, a walk round Manhattan.