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Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Hiking the Appalachian Trail

A lifelong dream realized!

Leroy Yoder is 50 years old, a loving husband, father of four, and grandfather of six. He has been a forester with Mohawk Lumber for 15 years. Leroy has been dreaming of hiking the Appalachian Trail since he was a teenager and is finally realizing his lifelong dream of thru-hiking the AT!

The Appalachian Trail is almost 2,200 miles,

Stretching from Georgia to Maine, snaking its way through 14 states, and making it the longest marked trail in the United States and one of the longest in the world.  Every year approximately 2,000 – 4,000 hikers attempt a thru-hike of the AT but only roughly one in 4 hikers complete the trail. Many hikers drop out due to injury or fatigue.

Follow along with Leroy through his journal (trailjournals.com/duo) as he battles everything from cold nights to rough terrain and many other dangers such as bears and snakes! He also meets many interesting people and faces challenges along the way. Such as the ice cream challenge! The ice cream challenge is a tradition at approximately the halfway point of the trail where hikers attempt to eat an entire half gallon of ice cream in one sitting. Leroy succeeded! 

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Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Leroy Yoder is 50 years old, a loving husband, father of four, and grandfather of six. He has been a forester with Mohawk Lumber for 15 years. Leroy has been dreaming of hiking the Appalachian Trail since...

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