The High Road in Hard Times
When Rick Percival was laid off from his job in Kansas City, he decided to return home to New Zealand by an unusual route: a 2,175 mile hike along the Appalachian Trail.
We caught up with him in Damascus, Virginia, where he said the simplicity of trail life has already given him a new perspective on difficult economic times.
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Does Rick’s trip sound like the ultimate adventure or a grueling nightmare? Where would you go if you found yourself without a job or immediate responsibilities? Let us know in the comments below!
See for yourself:
The Appalachian Trail runs from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. Each spring hundreds of “thru-hikers” set out in hopes of walking the entire 2,175 mile stretch in a single year.
Damascus, Virginia calls itself “Trail Town, USA.” It’s the southernmost of a handful of towns through which the A.T. passes directly and is the first major milestone for northbound thru-hikers.
The Appalachian Trail Conference oversees the Trail’s use and maintenance from its headquarters near the Trail’s midpoint in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.