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Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail:

The Ultimate Mid-Life Crisis

May 28, 2020

We're not so focused on the AT this week, with Luke "Strider" Jordan taking on some of the wilder American trails. His first thru-hike was the 4600 mile North Country Trail, and he became the Earl Schaffer of the Great Plains Trail when he completed the very first thru-hike of that new trail.

On the way, he learned what worked and what didn't. He shares some fascinating insights in his conversation with Steve
You can connect with Strider and find out more about these trails at the following links.

Strider's NCT Hike website:
Strider's Travel Facebook
Strider's Book "Thru And Back Again...", available on amazon
For information about the North Country Trail visit:
For information about the Great Plains Trail visit:

Kate Stillwell, or Phoenix, has stopped in town for the first time, mainly to resolve a blister issue. She and Steve chat twice as she continues her steady progress.

Grandma Gatewood's Walk is a little truncated this week, with only the first part of Chapter 14. The second part of the chapter will be next week.

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Music for the "A Woman of a Certain Age" segment is by permission of Kate's friend, John Jensen. You can see and hear it in full on YouTube at

Thanks, John.