My 40th Anniversary Hike…

Forty years ago, while a sophomore at the University of Northern Iowa, I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine: April 2 to August 31, 1972. Thanks to a sabbatical leave from the University of New England, I have the opportunity to attempt this hike again!

I will be using this blog to share my experiences with those who care to login.

I leave for Atlanta, GA tomorrow morning (01/26/12) and will fly the 2000 plus miles in only a few hours… The return to Maine will likely take six months. One major change from my 1972 hike will be the time of year. This year my hike will begin not in spring, but in winter. A second difference is that this time I will have the opportunity to reflect on the impact of my first experience, on the next forty years of my life.

I embark on this journey with a willingness to question the value of long-distance hiking, for those who chose to journey in this way. I look forward to new challenges and experiences; and, I hope that some of what I acquire will also be of interest to you!

Kindest Regards,

“Doc Holiday”

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  2. Linda Johanningmeier says:

    Good luck, little brother!!!! We will be looking forward to hearing your updates, and hope that the weather will cooperate with you— Take care—and you will be in our thoughts and in our prayers!!! Love, Linda

  3. Sister Kathy says:

    God be with you…keep safe! Rick, we love you!

  4. George Dunn says:

    Hello “On-The-Trail” Rick! To celebrate the start of your winter hike, we had a dusting of snow this morning in the zoo. Thought of you many times and particulary few weeks ago. Heard Jennifer Pharr Davis (yes, the complete the AT in 46 days person) give a talk at Calvin College in Grand Rapids. I’ll be following your blog and wishing you a safe hike and look forward to your observations. And stories! I’m certain there will be a few.

  5. Chris Wrobel says:

    Docter Rick: We met on the plane ride as you embarked to Georgia to begin your AT Trek. I’m looking forward to reading about your journey and am inspired to read Bryson’s “Walk In The Woods” once again. As a Vermonter always concerned about recycling and maintaining the natural beauty of the countryside, I’m hoping you will blog about the carry-in carry-out conditions of the trail. Happy trekking.

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    Very envious Rick… Would love to be with you. Sounds like a good start. I will be keeping track. Good luck! Mike…

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