For the first couple miles, the trail followed the road. We walked across a bridge spanning the Delaware River, with cars whiz zing by. Halfway across, we entered state number 8: New Jersey. We passed the visitor's center of Delaware Water Gap Park ( where Road Runner was waiting for us) walked under the interstate, and turned into a state park.
The trail then began a slow, gradual climb. We came to Sunfish Pond, one of "New Jersey's Seven Wonders". Halfway along, we ran into Funky Town, who were taking a dip. So we joined them. Shortly, Patchouli and Barbarossa arrived, and then Sugar Rush. Funky Town had acquired a ridiculously large boom box which was playing classic rock and 80's hits. It was a regular party!
Originally, we had planned on moving on to a campsite 3 miles further. But we were all pretty beat. We ended up camping there by the road. I guess the smell from trail magic was strong, because we had 3 bear sightings in the vicinity that night. Not me though; I was beat. I fell asleep early and slept straight thru the night.