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• July 6, 2007 - Press Release - Peter and Joyce Cottrell

COUPLE IS FIRST TO BACKPACK 6,800 MILE TRAIL

Peter and Joyce Cottrell, of Whitefield New Hampshire, recently became the first people to backpack every single mile of the 6,800 mile long coast-to-coast American Discovery Trail (ADT).

 In 2002-2003 they hiked 5,058 miles across the nation on the ADT using the “southern” route from Cape Henlopen, Delaware, through St. Louis and Kansas City, to Point Reyes, California. That effort took them through 13 states and they encountered flash floods, forest fires, knee deep snow and blinding desert sandstorms.  

This year they completed the 1,800 mile “northern” route from Elizabethtown, Ohio, through Chicago and Omaha, to Denver, Colorado.  

 Reflecting on their adventure, Joyce said, “The highlight has been the wonderful people we have met along the way. It took us by surprise to know the American people are so generous. “

 







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