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October 25, 2013

4,600-mile hike leads to Crown Point

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CROWN POINT —

“My parents were very supportive and told me, ‘You don’t want any regrets at a young age. Just follow your dreams.’”

‘GOT USED TO IT’

Some of the contributions may seem small but are welcomed. 

As they accompanied Jordan on his Champlain Bridge walk, Press-Republican outdoors columnist Elizabeth Lee of Westport handed Jordan some money and a quart of fresh apple cider, while Melinda Chapman from Ticonderoga gave him freshly baked brownies.

Also walking across the bridge with him were Chris Maron and John Davis of Champlain Area Trails System.

Jordan carried his tent and sleeping bag, spending most nights in the woods, but he treated himself to a motel every few weeks.

He averaged 25 miles per day. 

“At first it was tough, but then I got used to it,” reflected Jordan. “It feels weird. This was my life for six and a half months, and now it’s done. 

“It was a bigger deal than I thought it would be.” 

His return trip would be a little easier — two days on the train from Rutland.

‘GENEROUS PEOPLE’

Jordan had many boxes packed when he left that his parents would generally send five days ahead to towns along the way.

The end of his journey, officially at the Crown Point bridge, was not without glitches, as he was expecting a box of rations in Port Henry, but the post office was closed when he got there. 

However, it was arranged that the package would be picked up by a daily commuter who would meet Jordan in Middlebury.

The boxes mainly contained food. 

“I would try to have a hot meal a day, mostly a pasta or rice meal,” he said. 

“There would be energy bars, and I would also have Skittles and M&Ms. That was my basic diet. 

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