Zero's Blogby cyberhiker01 on 06/28/13
It's been a few days since we finished our trek; I still can't believe how many people are still sending messages of congratulations. The outpouring of support has been overwhelming-- we greatly appreciate all of your comments. We are slowly returning to our "normal" life and are preparing for upcoming events. At the end of July we will be going to the "No Boundaries" Summit in Telluride, CO. It is a 4 day event started by Eric Weinmeyer which pairs elite handicapped athletes with those wanting to accept new challenges; we will be teaching them how to safely pursue their dreams. (See my website for more information).Following that, we will be going to the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, UT. It is the largest trade show for the outdoor gear industry-- we will be representing our sponsors from this trek. I gave a followup interview to NBC in New Bern-- it aired Tuesday at 6pm. We'll post the link when it's available. Allen DeHart, the man who originally mapped the entire Mountains to Sea Trail with a surveyor's wheel, called with his congratulations on our finish, and said he'd make sure that Tennille gets a completion certificate, too, just as I will.
I'm slowly making headway reading all of the emails and messages. They have been really great-- I am enjoying reading every one. Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to send them. We found out that we were in both the Charlotte Observer and the Raleigh News and Observer this past Sunday. We'll post those links as well. It is hard to believe, since we've been off trail for such a short time, that our feet are already starting to get restless. Currently, I am considering doing the Camina in Spain next year. If anyone has ideas or thoughts on trails you think we should consider, please let us know. Also, I have been receiving a lot of questions about blindness and hiking. If you have any questions you would like to ask, please feel free to do so. There wasn't enough time during the hike to answer all the questions people had. I would be happy to do that now. When I was thanking my sponsors who were instrumental in making this hike a reality, I neglected to mention Charlie Peek and the NC Parks Department. Charlie and his team provided us campsites, cabins, and even Ranger's quarters while we were in the state parks. The rangers could not have been more helpful. Without the help we received from everyone in the Parks Department, this trek would have been much harder-- and possibly not successful. Thank you once again.