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MotherGoose - Other Trail Journal - 2009

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City: Taylorville
State: Illinois
Country: USA
Begins: May 2, 2009
Direction: Eastbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Dec 4th, 2008
Start: Sakakawea State Park North Dakota
End: New York
Daily Distance: 16
Trip Distance: 16.0

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PRESS RELEASE at bottom of page

The VIDEO of the trip this year is posted here:

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I am beginning the job of laying out a journey on the North Country Trail which runs from North Dakota to New York 4400 miles. I will probably start at Lake Sakakawea in N.D. around May 2nd hike at least N.D. and Minn. where I MAY leave the trail and head out to Ca. to get out of the rain that always accompanies hiking in the east, I'll hike the northern section of the PCT in Ca. then return home to work for a couple of months before heading back to N.M. to finish the Grand Enchantment trail. If I don't decide to go to the PCT then I'll just continue on the NCT until the end of Aug. and head home from there, it will really depend on the amount of rain I get next year as I HATE being wet. The one reason I have never finished the long trail in my home state is because its to close to home and when it rains which it does a lot "I go to the house".

I have a few videos on myspace if anyone would like to take a trip over there and watch.


This is a press release about me:

Bonita Curtner, legendary 62-year old hiker, who was the first woman to yo-yo the Appalachian Trail in 1991-92, will be departing from Lake Sakakawea State Park on May 3, 2009, to hike the nation’s longest hiking trail – the North Country National Scenic Trail. Using her hiker name, Mother Goose, this grandmother of six did not start hiking until 1988, when she thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. Since 1988 she has hiked many of the National Scenic Trails:

1990, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2007, 2008* – Pacific Crest Trail section hikes - 2600 miles

1991-1992 - Appalachian Trail yo-yo (Georgia to Maine and return in same 12 month period)– 4400 miles

1997, 2006* – Colorado Trail – 500 miles each

2000 – Appalachian Trail SB (Maine to Georgia) – 2200 miles

2001-2002 – Eastern Continental (Key West, FL to Cape Gaspe, Quebec) – 4400 miles

Over several years – Sheltowee Trail (Kentucky) – 250 miles

*Mother Goose hiked with Lost and Found

Mother Goose, who is still working to support her hiking habit, says that it is unlikely that she will complete all of the National Scenic Trails because she wants to be at the top of the food chain, instead of a potential meal for a grizzly bear.

Mother Goose’s 2009 progress can be tracked via her website:, where she keeps a journal, posts pictures, and provides an itinerary, as well as a list of her gear. Lost and Found, a special education teacher, will be joining Mother Goose in Minnesota.

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