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Thursday, September 26, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Fifteen Rick and Kasey are back home in Iowa as of September23. Kasey and Rick have hiked 1,496.3 miles of the Appalachian Trail and have 689.6 miles to reach the end at Mt. Katahdin. Trail Facts: The trail is 2,185.9 miles long. ! t passes through 14 states. The total elevation gain of hiking the entire AT is equivalent to climbing Mount Everest 16-times. 10-20% of all thru-hikers complete the trail August 3 in Salisbury, CT, the 10th state on the trail, they are running SOBOs South Bounders, people who start the trail in Maine and head to Georgia. SOBOs start the trail in June or July, Kasey said, "They are so new and they don't stink!" Also you can tell they are just getting use to their equipment. Appalachian Trail Final in a Series asked lots of questions about their hike. Herman Melville's home in Pittsfield, MA Mountain stream in Connecticut. .... Bridge to cross in Connecticut. Mail from home-Each note and letter are very much appreciated and help immensely to keep their spirits up. The trail is very taxing physically and even more so mentally. Theyhave completed 70?/o of the trail. Approxi- mately 2,700 hikers started in Georgia this year and if past stats hold up only about 600 of them will make it to Mt. Katahdin. Rocky path on the trail. One of the lakes along the trail route. Massachusetts, the 11th state on the trail. August 5 found Kasey and Rick taking a day off the trail in Pittsfield; MA. This is the home of Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick. His house in Pittsfield is now a museum and Mr. Greylock is visible from the Melville home. Herman Melville could see Mt. Greylock from his house and says it was the inspiration for his writing Moby Dick. Mt. Grylock is the highest peak in Massachusetts' and he said the shape of the mountain resembled a great whale. After enjoying the museum, they took a tour with a group of ten people and were View of Mt. Greylock from Melville's home. August 19 found Sparky and Orange Peel at a shelter register. Each shelter provides a notebook for hikers to sign in to and leave notes for fellow hikers, trail infor- mation or anything you want to share. Kasey and Rick visited Stratton Mountain lookout tower. Stratton Mountain lookout tower. Rock stacking, placing rocks in stacks or piles, is a way to mark the trail or a marker that says someone has passed that way. Vermont the 12th state is down, now on to New Hampshire. 500 miles left! Kasey at the 500 mile marker. This series has been tracked online by staff member Mary Lou Gray. Rock markers from other hikers. Hazards on the trail. Hills and rocks are a large part of the trail. PHOTO PRINTING is a full commercial printer. Call us for your flyers, letterhead, envelopes, brochures, magazines, Free Estimates. newsletters, books, etc. Photo Printing, Inc. 210 S. 1st St., Carlisle, IA 50047 t 515-989-3251 t