When I first considering hiking the Appalachian Trail, I wasn’t sure how far to go. Then I found out some devastating news that inspired me to go the entire AT distance.

I learned that my best friend Roger had been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Like I said earlier, I was inspired to set forth on the trek that would take me a full 5 months and 4 days to finish.

My Appalachian Trail northbound (NOBO) thru-hike to honor Roger and raise awareness/research funds for the ALS Therapy Development Institute was insightful and successful.

I started my hike on Springer Mountain, GA on February 25th 2017 and hiked through 14 States, covering 2,190 miles, and taking approximately 5 million footsteps along my journey.

It was a truly life changing experience on many levels; physical, spiritual, and emotional.

I summited Mount Katahdin, Maine on July 30th and it was truly a euphoric feeling!

More details to follow down the road in another post…..