On February 27th, Ken and Marcia Powers did something no one else has done before. They walked 4,900 miles on the American Discovery Trail. The journey took them through 13 states and took almost eight months to complete.
The Powers set out from Delaware last February. The couple walked an average of 22 miles a day. They saw an America that most of us don’t get to experience close up and in person. They traversed from coast to coast and saw a variety of landscapes. They met the challenges of snow, rain storms, and the heat of the desert. They met many interesting people along the way. On October 16th, they reach the end of the trail in California.
The Powers were no strangers to cross country hikes. Previously they had done what’s called the “Triple Crown”. The Appalachian, the Continental Divide, and the Pacific Crest trails. Each winds 2,000 miles or more.
The American Discovery Trail is relatively new. It was opened to the public in 2000. It’s the first coast to coast trail and the Powers are the first to complete it.
The trail spans 6,800 miles and runs through 15 states. It starts at Cape Henlopen, Delaware and finishes up at Point Reyes National Seashore in California. The trail merges with other hiking trails 5 national scenic trails, 23 national recreational trails, and more. It’s the first coast to coast trail made entirely for hikers–no cars allowed!
The Powers kept a blog throughout their adventure. If you’re interested in reading more about it, here’s the link: Marcia & Ken Power’s 2005 Journal