The AT journey is now complete
Gigi and Gutcheck have made it to Maine
This is the final phase of a story that was in 3 parts. The first was the trip from the state of Georgia to Norwich, where I met up with them at the Blue Sparrow restaurant.
I received an e-mail today from Harvey Freeman and here is what he had to say:
We made it!!! I guess the e-mail did not go through earlier. We finished on 9/13
What an experience!!!! I felt like Forrest Gump.......I am tired now and want to go home :)
The below photos were sent to me along with the e-mail. I also have supplied some info on Mount Katadhin, for your review.
On their arrival to the New Hampshire-Maine State line
The joy is evident here
Their Journey has ended
This picture says it all
I have included some information on Mount Katahdin below:
3.8 miles (6.1 km)
Mount Katahdin (/kəˈtɑːdɪn/ kə-TAH-din) is the highest mountain in the U.S. state of Maine at 5,267 feet (1,605 m). Named Katahdin by the Penobscot Indians, which means "The Greatest Mountain", the mountain is located within Northeast Piscataquis, Piscataquis County, and is the centerpiece of Baxter State Park. It is a steep, tall mountain formed from a granite intrusion weathered to the surface. The flora and fauna on the mountain are typical of those found in northern New England.
Katahdin was known to the Native Americans in the region, and was known to Europeans at least since 1689. It has inspired hikes, climbs, journal narratives, paintings, and a piano sonata. The area around the peak was protected by Governor Percival Baxter starting in the 1930s. Katahdin is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, and is located near a stretch known as the Hundred-Mile Wilderness.