Day 3 – Busting the New Jersey Bias
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. — Maya Angelou
The night was cold. We had little icicles on our tent in the morning. We ate some of our Wize Harvest granola for breakfast, and then we were off.
Today was definitely going to be a short walking day. We didn’t want to go more than twelve miles. It was a quiet and peaceful walk through the New Jersey hills.
After just over 11 miles, we arrived in a small town on the Pennsylvania border called Lambertville. We stopped at the local library and met Andrea, who already knew about us. She, and her boss, Betsy, worked very hard thinking of places we could stay. The weather was supposed to be bad overnight (snow, sleet, rain, wind), so we decided to stay indoors. Betsy recommended that we check out The Inn of the Hawke. It’s a restaurant and bar, but they also have six rooms upstairs that you can rent for the night.
While checking in, a man named Chris overheard us talking to the staff about our walk. We chatted for a short while, then he had to leave for a business meeting, but before we parted ways he said he would love for his sons to meet us. We told him to bring them by later and we could all get together for dinner.
Dinner with Chris, Christopher, and Conor was a blast! All three of them are adventurous, enthusiastic, love to travel, and are great storytellers. Christopher and Conor are young gentlemen that are polite, engaging, and seemed genuinely excited about our walk. They were eager to tell their teachers and classmates that they met people who were going to walk across the country. The food was great too (especially the cinnamon ice cream), and Chris surprised us by generously paying for our meals.
This was our last night in New Jersey. For whatever reason, New Jersey gets picked on by New Yorkers, movies, television shows, and seemingly most of the country. It has a bad reputation, but it’s completely unfounded. We walked through many different towns, cities, neighborhoods, and communities on our way through New Jersey. We encountered nothing but kindness, helpfulness, generosity, and hospitality. The people we met have impacted our lives in such a positive way, despite our encounters being for only a short amount of time. They made us feel special and welcome, and for that we are forever grateful. Our only regret is that it is such a small state, so we didn’t get to spend more time in it. New Jersey has set the bar high for the rest of the states.