CARATUNC, MAINE, September 3, 2018 – For the past seven days, I have been driving north up the Appalachian trail and stopping daily at trail heads along the Appalachian trail to run and hike the trail in search of northbound hikers. I have a list of over sixty hikers I met and befriended as “trail magic” (leaving a cooler of cold drinks ) since March back in Georgia and North Carolina. By far the most dramatic reunion was two days ago in Caratunc Maine where I found a German father/daughter I had met at Fontana Dam in April.
Above: Tanook, me, Ronald and Daughter Voney (both from Frankfort, Germany) at Caratunc, Maine two days ago.
April 24th at Fontana Dam, NC, my first meeting with German thru-hikers Voney, Ellen, and Ronald. (note how Voney has bulked up in four months and her father Ronald has lost weight).