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    Ratdog, you da man!

    RR map of NJ 1887
    http://mapmaker.rutgers.edu/HISTORIC...S/RR_of_NJ.jpg

    shows the RR line in question...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ratdog View Post
    Mom still hikes, climbs and jumps while wearing a pack and she's about the only one in the family that would hike your pace or better.
    I wanna hike with yo momma!

    I think we have to introduce her to pilsburythrowboy12. That boy jumped off the bank of the river into my canoe. I 'bout had a heart attack.
    “The way to see by Faith is to shut the eye of Reason.” - Benjamin Franklin

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    Quote Originally Posted by natureboy68 View Post
    Ratdog, you da man!

    RR map of NJ 1887
    http://mapmaker.rutgers.edu/HISTORIC...S/RR_of_NJ.jpg

    shows the RR line in question...
    Wow, cool map!
    “The way to see by Faith is to shut the eye of Reason.” - Benjamin Franklin

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    Mom has her own wooden Old Town canoe and still paddles the grandchildren upstream an hour to see the old abandoned apple orchards that supplied the Apple Jack Mill during prohibition. When the mill burned down, a builder craftsman gathered the timbers and bricks and built the house I grew up in.

    Natureboy, post up when you are thinking about making this hike, might drop in on ya.

    Silver, I need to walk the "new" sections of the Batona. Figure if I head out 2 hours before you, I should get to camp about an hour after you.
    Have sherpas, will travel...

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    guess I didn't "discover" anything

    http://www.nynjtc.org/hike/atsion-carranza-monument

    will definitely post when I plan on this, prolly mid-late summer sometime...

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    It's a clear shot on the RR tracks from Atsion to Batona Camp. You'll cross over two beautiful train trestles (Springers Brook & Batsto River) along the way. 012.jpg
    Don't worry Wilson, I'll do all the paddling. You just hang on! ~Chuck Noland

    Now you done gone and got yourself a hammock, and you done opened that can of worms ~Shug

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilvrSurfr View Post
    Natureboy, if you wanna expand your horizons, I'm thinking of hiking the entire Batona Trail in three days. I'm aiming for October - I don't want to worry about bugs. Start at Bass River, hike 15 miles to Buttonwood Hills. Second day hike 16.3 miles to Batona. Third day hike 18.7 miles (it may actually be 21.7 miles) to Ongs Hat. Easy peasy.
    Silvr, Count me in. I had that trip planned for April in the opposite direction. Reserved the camps and everything. Injury canceled the trip. I will definitely do that in October!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tree Frog View Post
    Silvr, Count me in. I had that trip planned for April in the opposite direction. Reserved the camps and everything. Injury canceled the trip. I will definitely do that in October!
    Cool. I don't really care about direction, but I thought it would be better to do the lower miles first. I know my first day is always the hardest. I'm probably gonna do training hikes - do each leg individually between now and then - makes it easier to say, "I can do this" when you've actually done it. The most I've hiked in a day is 16 miles so I know I can survive that but doing 22 miles in a day is still something I have a hard time wrapping my head around.

    I was thinking about slackpacking the long leg, Ong's Hat to Batona sometime soon 'cause that's the tough part. If I know I can slackpack it, then that makes me more confident I can do it with a pack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilvrSurfr View Post
    I was thinking about slackpacking the long leg, Ong's Hat to Batona sometime soon 'cause that's the tough part. If I know I can slackpack it, then that makes me more confident I can do it with a pack.
    I'm up for that too. I may be ready for a slack pack mid June. Or, we could promote a Batona hang and meet a few people there. Let me know when.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilvrSurfr View Post
    Cool. I don't really care about direction, but I thought it would be better to do the lower miles first.
    I thought about that, but also thought about knocking out the longest part first and then each day gets easier. Ongs Hat to Batona is long but also the most fun and scenic. The new section in Franklin Parker Preserve is great because it goes through wetlands and is full of board walks and bridges. Pretty cool.

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