Friday, April 29, 2011

Weekend Portrait ~ 4-29-11

Thru Hikers on the Appalachian Trail

Last Saturday I took my husband’s place running shuttle for 3 fellows - two from Georgia and the other from Chicago - thru hiking the Appalachian Trail. For those of you who are not familiar with the trail, it goes from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Mt. Katahdin, Maine, approximately 2,172 miles. They had gotten off Friday about 20 miles from town, hitched a ride into Lexington for a good night’s rest, bought some new things from Buddy where he works at Walkabout Outfitters, and then I ran them back to the trail to resume their hike. This was my first shuttle run, and it was so interesting talking to the guys about their experiences and the sights they had seen. They have a long ways to hoof it to get to Mt. Katahdin, and  I’m so happy it’s them doing the walking and not moi!

"Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.”
 ~Steven Wright

This post is linked to the Weekend Portrait meme sponsored by Dindin MK.


  1. We're part of the Appalachian Trail in Hot Springs and I always marvel at the people who decide to walk it.

  2. Last summer we picked up a through hiker from the PCT. We never pick up hitchhikers and in truth he didn't have his thumb out. He just had that look and I made Hubby stop. I'm glad we stopped, the snow was staying long in the Sierra and he was have a hard time.

  3. Awesome! That was nice of you to do that for them. We were camping in the mountains last week and could see a portion of the Pacific Crest trail. It's similar to the Appalachian and runs from Mexico to Canada along the west coast for about 2600 miles.

  4. Great portrait.
    And I love this quote.
    Maybe you know, we did some long distance hikes with our family. In Europe along the Danube Bike Way and the Trans Canada Trail in BC.
    And we met some hospitable and generous people on our ways.