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A long way from home

Posted: Saturday, October 6, 2012 2:00 am

Driving 2,650 miles may seem like a long way to travel, but try it by foot. That’s what local resident Tom Griepentrog did.

Griepentrog, 73, recently completed walking the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mexico border to British Columbia. Griepentrog’s journey began in April 2011, although he was forced to stop with 300 miles to go due to hazardous snow conditions. But he didn’t back down. Griepentrog started up again where he left off in August and finished the trek. He said though the journey was difficult, it was quite rewarding.

“It was a wonderful sense of accomplishment,” Griepentrog said. “I love the outdoors and it intrigued me to try this.”

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