Sunday, March 3, 2013

Day 004 - Elmer to Sharptown NJ

Temperature was in the low30's. As has been the case each day so far it was overcast and I was walking into a headwind. We encountered snow flurries driving to position my car. During the walk the surroundings have changed from pinelands forest to agricultural farms.

We met Phil (reporter) and Joe (photographer) from the South Jersey Times who are doing an article about the walk that will appear in the Monday SJT at the start point for the walk.

Less than an hour into the walk at the Kountry Kitchen (slogan - "Good Vittles") I came across a two sided sign commentating US 40 (see pictures below).

Next I came across a memorial for a fellow alum Ensign John R Elliott Class of 2000, who was killed by a drunk driver in July of 2000 shortly after graduation. His tragic death gave birth to John's Law and The Hero Campaign for Designated Drivers.

Today's picture from the "US 40 Today" book was of a farmhouse east of Woodstown. The 1953 picture showed a barn next to the farmhouse with a Red Man tobacco mural. In the 1983 picture " ... The barn has been painted white ... but it's generally poor condition is not revealed by the photograph". The barn has been torn down and a very large new barn / shed is being constructed. The small hedge from 1953 that had "grown significantly" in 1983 had been removed. The tree in front of the house that was new in the 1983 picture did not obscure the house today because it was bare of leaves. The power lines that were on the south side of the highway had been removed.

Today was my last full day of walking in New Jersey. Accommodations were incredible. Joan and Cookie put me up in the Sealark B&B and provided massive quantities of delicious food. Janet assisted Joan feeding and escorting me and my car daily. Sue and Dave hosted us for an awesome meal and a number of other persons who I did not meet provided gift certificates for meals out. This is supposed to be a trek but right now I'm felling very pampered.


  1. Another successful day for you Dave . I look forward at the end of each day to reading your blog and seeing what you came across .
    Glad you are being pampered after your days walk ! Safe journey tomorrow as you leave New Jersey !

  2. Dave, your blog posts are great! We will be closely following your journey and praying for you every day. Joan would be so proud of you.

    Fred and Deb