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15 Mile Manhattan North-to-South Hike

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We'll start 2 feet into the Bronx, right where the bridge that carries Broadway from Manhattan to the Bronx passes over the north shore of the Harlem River.  The "1" train will be out of service for the weekend, so take the "A" train to the 207th St and Broadway stop, then take the free shuttle buses up to where Broadway crosses the river.  We'll meet on the east sidewalk of the bridge.

*BE* *ON* *TIME*!  Arrive early!  We have to keep a tight schedule to make it to the end by sundown, so we won't be able to wait around very long at the start for people to show up.

The exact path of the hike is at http://bluejacket7.com/hiking/15MileManhattanHike.html .  It is strongly suggested that you either bring a printout of thiat web page with you, or bookmark that page on your smart phone.  The odds are good that you will need to drop out of the group to use a bathroom at some point, and if you know where we're going you can catch up.  It also has my phone number on it, but the phone is old and the battery doesn't last long, so if a lot of people are calling me the battery will probably be dead by lunch time.  Also, the phone will be turned off for the first hour of the hike.

We're starting early because, since we've never done this hike before, we aren't sure how long it will take everybody, and I want to be sure to get us in the restaurant before the sun sets at 7pm.

We'll be doing this Saturday instead of Sunday so people can rest and recuperate on Sunday before going back to work.

If people get lost, it just isn't practical to go looking for them.  Furthermore I'll have no way of knowing whether someone got lost or just hopped on a subway because they were tired.  So it's important that you be able to cope if you do get lost.  All participants will be required to sign a release waiver that basically gives up any right whatsoever to sue, to the fullest extent possible by law.  You can read the current draft of this waiver at http://bluejacket7.com/legal/WalkingWaiver.doc

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  • Bill

    Thanks for coming everyone, and thanks for all the pictures, especially Charles. The group averaged about 2.3 miles per hour. Usually we go about 2 miles per hour, but I think we had hardier people showing up for the longer distance. Good job, especially those who were nursing blisters half the way!

    3 · September 10, 2013

  • Pushti

    Also, thanks again Charles for "rounding up" us stragglers! Your contribution on these hikes is invaluable and you are an excellent photographer!

    3 · September 10, 2013

    • Charles

      Thank you Pushti! We had a great group and we all had fun! Everyone was incredible!!!!

      1 · September 10, 2013

  • Mary O

    I had a wonderful day. Thank You everyone. I want to see some pictures!!

    September 7, 2013

    • Charles

      Sorry Mary, no pictures but just maybe a couple of photos! A great group and a fun day? Seriously, everyone were great! You all did it! A total of maybe 2 miles?

      September 7, 2013

    • Charles

      We have to be so serious most of the time! My walks and silly comments are my relief! I hoped it was a fun day for everyone! Back to the serious stuff!

      September 9, 2013

  • Charles

    Beautiful day and everyone is great! Thanks everyone and especially Bill!

    2 · September 7, 2013

    • Hugo S.

      Charles,u r the best photographer,I like ur photo very much,tks so much.

      September 9, 2013

    • Charles

      Thank you Hugo! I am an artist and have fun with photography. I am no where being anything! Hope to see you at my next walk!

      September 9, 2013

  • Douglas A.

    As always a great hike with Bill! I am crippled, blistered heel to toe, but I still had a great time. I personally clocked 21 miles by the time I got in the door.

    1 · September 8, 2013

    • Hugo S.

      I think u r the best assitant of Bill in the hiking.Everyone talked with u so happy.

      1 · September 9, 2013

  • Judy W.

    It was fun. I went halfway - that was enough for me. I especially enjoyed the scenic parts. Everyone was friendly too.

    1 · September 9, 2013

    • Hugo S.

      Participation is more important always.

      September 9, 2013

  • Pushti

    Very challenging and just as spectacular! Thank you Bill! Your hikes are the best!

    2 · September 8, 2013

  • Lorraine

    We all should have feelings of accomplishment after this one. Great walk, great company. Thanks again, Bill.

    3 · September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike and beautiful pictures! Thanks for posting! Thanks Bill for organizing!

    2 · September 8, 2013

  • Rise

    Thank you Bill for a great day. I had a wonderful time!

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Mary

    Thanks, Bill, for organizing (and sorry I somehow left without saying this in person!!) Thanks to all for a great day!!

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Geraldine

    Thanks Bill for a really great hike and fun day!

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was 100% great hike. A+

    2 · September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a wonderful time - great group of people. Bill did a superb job leading and keeping the group organized.

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Jerry

    Thank you Bill, for a wonderful day. The Manhattan N-to-S hike was great, and I had a good time.

    2 · September 7, 2013

  • Douglas A.

    On the shuttle bus

    September 7, 2013

  • Nemo2

    Just saw that I made it off the waiting list (12:54am). Unfortunately already made other plans

    September 7, 2013

  • Charles

    This weekend, watch out for subways service changes! Give yourself more time for the travel! (There will be no #1 trains between 137 St and 242 St. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service. Weekend, 11:30 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Sep 6 - 9.) I am taking the A train to 207 st ( Inwood ). Transfer for the shuttle bus to 242 st. A lot of people is going to be late!

    2 · September 6, 2013

    • Hal S

      It would be a little more expensive, but you can take Metro North from Grand Central to the Marble Hill station at 225th Street. There are trains that arrive at 8:10 and 8:40am on Saturdays and it is only a 20 minute ride. The station is right near Broadway.

      September 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you for the good options, much appreciated!!! :-)

      September 6, 2013

  • Jeff K.

    My +1 cancelled, I'll be there but another spot open.

    September 6, 2013

  • Rose

    I'm looking forward to this one but then called to work tomorrow :( have fun .

    September 6, 2013

  • Irene

    Home, sick, sorry cant attend but hope wait listed person can go in my place -- enjoy the hike !

    September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone want to take the 1 train uptown with me?? I heard I shouldn't be alone up there, although that advice might not be factual. (I don't know)

    September 5, 2013

    • Rise

      Dianne, you'll be fine travelling alone on the train. I take it to 225th St. quite often and have never had a problem. (I live in nearby Riverdale.) If you're concerned you may feel more comfortable sitting in one of the middle cars as they're more populated than the end cars, especially as you get further uptown and the crowd thins out. This is one of the last stops on the train. I imagine that the train won't be too full anyway going to the Bronx that early on a Saturday morning.

      September 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Rise, Thanks so much for the advice. Even though I've lived outside Manhattan all my years I'm embarrassed to say I only know manhattan. I've never been there, and feel better now.

      September 6, 2013

  • angela

    I was so looking forward to this hike but I am not feeling well so I'll have to wait for the next one. Have a great time.

    September 6, 2013

  • Bill

    Wow! 17 people signed up in the first 23 hours, and I haven't even sent out an email to the general membership yet! I was afraid people would have been put off by the long miles and the early AM start!

    3 · August 6, 2013

    • Charles

      I am all set to go. I did a 50, 40 and numerous 30 milers.

      August 6, 2013

    • Melissa H.

      Dang! I just saw this or I would have loved to join! No way to pull it off at this point. Really hope you do it again!!

      September 5, 2013

  • Rebecca

    I'm under the weather, so changed my rsvp to free the space up for someone ASAP. Sounds fun and I hope it's offered again!

    September 3, 2013

  • Mary O

    Hi, I have walked the length of Manhattan, from the bottom up! I want to try it your way.
    Here's to good weather!

    September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I am looking forward to joining this group and participating in my first hiking from North to South in NYC.

    Sounds just wonderfully awesome.

    August 25, 2013

  • Marianna S.

    How about going along the greenway path along Hudson instead of crowded Broadway/Times Sq?

    August 9, 2013

    • Bill

      I felt Times Square was one of the main attractions we want to visit, even if it means risking losing one or two people in the crowd. Since I've announced the hike in detail, I think we'll be able to have everybody gather at 7th Ave & 37th St after Times Square and continue on.

      August 21, 2013

  • Liz

    I,d luv to do this hike but I will be away on vacation then.

    August 7, 2013

  • angela

    I have walked from West 100 street and Broadway in Manhattan over the bridge to the 225 street station of the #1 train in the Bronx. Did lots of walking through Fort Washington Park. It is beautiful and easy to get lost in, but still lots of fun.

    August 7, 2013

  • Janet

    I enjoy walking and meeting new people. It sounds like a great challenge.

    August 7, 2013

  • Barbara

    wow! What a challenge for your regulars and an invite to very early birds with great stamina. I ran half marathons.....but isnt this a bit much for your average NY Afternoon Hiker? I look forward to reading the after comments. Start preparing yesterday! :)

    August 5, 2013

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