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Quakerland Forge
Begins: Jan 6, 2013
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Tue, Sep 27th, 2016

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2,290.1 Total Miles

After having my accident coming down Mount Washington and spending 10 days in the hospital, I have thought a lot about the trail and considered not continuing on due to my age and health which are great factors in my decision. But as I consider all that I have accomplished the past 4 years, since I started the trail in 2013 starting off with the Pinhoti Trail and Benton MacKay Trail, precursors to the AT, then continuing on to the Appalachian Trail, not all is loss. It has been a wonderful experience. The things I've seen and people I have met will forever be great memories for me. There are so many amazing people along the trail who show genuine kindness, who go above and beyond a kind heart, and we call them "Trail Angels". One of these people especially stands out: "Hobo", a great friend who carried my pack when I was unable to carry it. And a special thanks for the support from everyone back home especially my readers. I was able to complete 2,290.1 total miles. And I was able to take my Dad with me, who also had this dream, by sprinkling his ashes on every state border, each high peak in each state, and a few other wonderful sights found in each state. I hoped to put some of my Dad's ashes on the top of Mount Katahdin, the last of the mountains on the trail. I was also able to talk to hundreds of people (men, women and children) about Jesus Christ, which was my main intention to walking the trail. Even when I was not able to take the time to talk to someone as they hurried by, I gave them a blessing: "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you." Numbers 6:24. The Lord indeed was with me many times - not once did I come down with a cold while hiking in deep snow and ice storms or heavy downpours getting me soaking wet to the skin, nor did I get the Norovirus that was hitting so many hikers. I thank all of you for your prayers and interest in following my trek. It was a great encouragement.


... but you know, there's just one more mountain ...

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Appalachian Trail - 2013-2016

The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Learn more: www.appalachiantrail.org

 

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