Chapter 6: Waking Up On the Appalachian Trail

Day 18, Trail Mile 188: Ben ran to the road as a vehicle approached. His thumb thrust into the air with a snap, and, as if by sheer will alone, the passing pickup turned on its blinker and pulled to a stop along the gravel shoulder. Ace and Caveman had been right. The trail provides.

“Can you take us to the post office in Stratton?” Ben asked with a contrived innocence, blocking the unsettling glare of sunlight with one hand. The words burst out of his alarmingly unkempt beard at an uncharacteristic clip.

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N. B. Hankes

N. B. Hankes

Founder and best selling author of "Waking Up On the Appalachian Trail."
Humboldt County, California