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Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail:

The Ultimate Mid-Life Crisis

Sep 28, 2023

We have a newly minted Appalachian Trail thru-hiker as our main guest on the show today. Laura Howe, or Moonpants, took on the trail with gusto. Near the end, she had a terrifying river crossing that eventually necessitated an SOS call. She made it, but had an up-close look at how things can go quickly wrong.

Her can-do attitude shines through our conversation and, despite her untimely premature exit, she was able to get back on and finish the hike.

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Both Jessica and Joanne continue heading in opposite directions, with Jessica approaching Monson and the 100 Mile Wilderness while Joanne is about to meet some ponies in the Grayson Highlands.

We also introduce you to our latest podcast on the channel, The Platinum Blazing Podcast, with Bruce (RTK) Matson as the host. This show is scheduled to hit next Wednesday, October 4, though Apple may have something to say about that! Rest assured, I’ll be posting on our HikingRadioNetwork Facebook page to let you know it’s up and running. After that, it’ll be released every Wednesday morning.

If you'd like to find out more about "Then The Hail Came," check out George's website at You can also find George's book on Amazon at this link.

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