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Long distance hikers pass thru Reinbeck to walk on Pioneer Trail

April 29, 2012
Jessica Larsen - Managing Editor , Reinbeck Courier

Two long distance hikers, Barry and Julie passed through Reinbeck on April 23, 2012. The women are walking on the American Discovery Trail that starts in Delaware and ends in California. Part of this trail consists of the Pioneer Trail. They started walking across the country on February 1, 2012 and have just made it to Iowa and have walked approximately 1,740 miles.

This is not their first long distance hike. In 2005 they walked 2,175.40 miles along the Appalachian Trail. In 2008 they walked the Continental Divide Trail with 3,078.45 miles and currently the American Discovery Trail that is around 4,700 miles.

When asked why they do this the answer was for the mental and physical challenge and a sense of accomplishment and also because to them it's fun.

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To read about this adventure and past adventures follow "Boston" and "Cubby's" blog at

Fact Box

Each pack weighs around 20 - 25 lbs.

They each go through about five different pairs of hiking shoes.

Everyone that they've met is friendly and helpful.

They each burn around 5000 calories a day.

They're constantly eating and their favorite

things to eat along the trail are gummy

bears and candy oranges.

They resupply every 7 - 10 days and have items pre-packed and shipped to certain locations along the trail.



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