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Hiker speaks on 2,181-mile journey

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On the journey she saw about 36 bears, hiked 16 to 17 hours a day and was trying to consume 6,000 calories a day, but found out the value of a trail could never be found in numbers.

“Its value was found in the experience,” she said.

During this adventure, her husband helped by driving ahead to an area where he would set up camp or go on errands for her getting groceries or whatever was needed. He also kept a blog about the experience, which was later published as a book.

“When I wasn’t doing anything meaningful I would worry,” he said.

During the presentation, attendees were able to see pictures the couple took during this adventure and other adventures as well. Pharr Davis has hiked on every continent except Antarctica.

She has hiked in South Africa, Australia, Peru, along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the Pacific Crest which spans across California, Oregon and Washington, and trails across Europe.

The Appalachian Trail was by far the most difficult and humbling experience for her. Before her record-setting adventure in 2011 she had hiked it twice before. Once when she was 21, whenever she became “Odyssa”, and once with her husband 12 days after they were married.

Both of her books and her husband’s book, which they call the “Trailogy” were for sale at the library after the presentation.

Jessica Bruha

366-3540

jbruha@normantranscript.com

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