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October 25, 2013

4,600-mile hike leads to Crown Point

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“Once in a while, I would stop for a burger or real meal. Sometimes, total strangers would take me in for a meal and the night. 

“There are many generous people.”

‘TERRIBLE MOSQUITOES’

After crossing the bridge, Jordan was met by John Derick of the Middlebury Land Trust, who gave him maps for the Vermont leg of his trek. Derick was responsible for the construction of several trails in the Middlebury area.    The rain and wind that accompanied Jordan across the lake were a minor issue compared to some parts of his journey. 

At the beginning of his trek, for the first six weeks, he traveled on snowshoes. 

“I lost 11 days off my plan,” he said. “Then I ran into terrible mosquitoes in upper Michigan and had to use bug stuff for a month.” 

In Ohio, he was warmly greeted by 100-degree temperatures.

In the Adirondacks, after a few days rest in Old Forge, Jordan headed up the Northwood-Placid Trail. He had wanted to hike several Adirondack 46ers but decided to just do Mt. Marcy. 

“The way down was tough on my knees,” Jordan said. 

After 4,600 miles, that could be expected.

Email Alvin Reiner at: rondackrambler@yahoo.com

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