We did it.
On Sunday, Oct. 20, fellow Montclair resident Kevin Murphy and I [Dan Hurley] walked the entire 34 miles of the Lenape Trail in a single day.
At 6:15 a.m., with the sky dark and the full moon loitering above the western horizon, Kevin and I began our hike with friend Richard Sheinaus and Star-Ledger reporter Pete Genovese. Our starting place was the Route 1 and 9 drawbridge in Newark, with the Pulaski Skyway hulking overhead and the murky Passaic River passing below.
Strangely, all three of my companions were huge fans of the Pulaskis rough beauty. Or maybe it wasnt so strange, considering that these crazies had each agreed to join me before dawn on my quixotic quest to cross Essex County via its little-known urban walkway, the Lenape Trail
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A friend of mine, Greg Bubniak, and I also completed a New Jersey trail in one day- the 49.5 mile Batona Trail through the Pine Barrens. We hiked it in March, starting at 5:15 am and finishing at 12:15 am- a 19 hour hike, made longer thanks to Greg's blisters at mile 30 that slowed us down below 2 mph toward the end. We also hiked a .25 mile side trail to a campsite on the trail, up and back, just to make it to 50 miles.