ODYSSEY 2021: Bama to Baxter-Hike On!

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Yes folks, Nimblewill has laced up his Oboz trekkers and is shouldering his Murmur backpack
one more time–for the last, last time!

This year’s odyssey will be known as “Odyssey 2021 ‘Bama to Baxter – Hike On.”  This will be the ultimate journey in this old man’s life, one of body, mind and spirit.

This trek begins at Flagg Mountain, the southernmost mountain in the Appalachians
Mountain Range. From Flagg he’ll follow the Pinhoti Trail through northeast Alabama into
Georgia where he’ll connect with the Benton MacKaye Trail–which leads to Springer Mountain
in north Georgia. On Springer Mountain he’ll pick up the Appalachian Trail and hike it on to
Mt. Katahdin in Maine.
Journal entries and photos will be posted often. Gonna be another predictively unpredictable
Nimblewill Odyssey – Bama to Baxter 2021 Hike On.

Sure be great to have y’all come along…

30 Comments on “ODYSSEY 2021: Bama to Baxter-Hike On!

  1. Congratulations!! What a worthy accomplishment at any age. The fact that you are over 80 makes it even or of an accomplishment. I can only hope I have as much guts, stamina and courage when I reach your age.

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  2. Congratulations on your thru-hike Nimblewill!! You’re an encouragement sir! Hope you have a safe trip back, & God Bless you!

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  3. Nimblewell, Congrats on the completion of a great journey and amazing accomplishment. Also thanks for your words of encouragement when I met you in PA. Enjoyed getting to know you as we walked together and stayed the night at John Stempa’s place. Your words “Don’t stop, because if you stop, you will stop.” have resonated in my mind since then. Finished up PA just after we parted, and next year on to NJ and NY. God’s blessings on you my friend.
    Preacher

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  4. Nimblewill Nomad, thank you for sharing your journey this year. Your an inspiration to many. Congratulations on your accomplishment and may you enjoy health and happiness for years to come.

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  5. Hey nimblewill nomad we are praying for you to complete this journey safely I have just started reading 10 million step. Me and my wife started hiking in 2010 and next yr will be our 5th thru hike of the AT. GOD speed we go as the honeymoon hikers.

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  6. On Aug 18th “Flower Girl” and I were called by “Switchback” to Abol Campground. We had just enjoyed the ALDHA Trail Angels’ meatball sandwiches and taken pictures of, and admired, Mt Katahdin from the bridge when we heard Switchbacks’ call. We were careful not to wake you as we talked with Switchback & his wife. You looked very comfortable sleeping next to the camper, and as much as we wanted to talk with you, and let you know how humbled we were camping a couple nights with you and Switchback, we though it best not to wake you. At 74 I thought I was pushing myself … but you, NimbleWill, are the most amazing. Thank you for showing us ALL what “a will” can allow us to do.
    God Bless!
    …Two Hips

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  7. I would be incredibly honored if you would consider a guest appearance on the Dirtwalker Outdoors Podcast. You definitely fit the requirements for my segment, Adventure Seekers. Besides that, you are an inspiration, sir, to so many.

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  8. Brandt (my 4-year-old and I just did that section! Spent last Thursday night at Ironmaster’s Mansion! Would’ve been awesome to see you again! Continued best wishes as you hike on! Conductor Red, Lodge of Legends

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  9. It was so nice to meet you this morning. When my friend and I made it to the top of Jenkins gap to take a break, we had no idea we’d meet such a legend. I’m in awe !! I couldn’t wait to get home and get on your website. I wish we had, had some water with us to offer but we were just out for a quick hike. Wishing you the absolute best on your journey and safe travels. So happy our paths crossed, my new friend!! Take care.

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  10. Suggestion from the PATC trail maintainer you met in SNP: After capturing Baxter Peak on Katahdin, continue across the Knife Edge to Pamola Peak. Descend to Chimney Pond via the Dudley Trail. Finish on the Chimney Pond trail to Roaring Brook (3.3 miles) to meet your ride home.

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  11. Saw you again at TrailDays this year.Looking foward to seeing you here in Harpers Ferry.Miles of Smiles to ya buddy !!

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  12. So very glad you got hydrated. It made me smile reading you were United with Nathan & his wife. The pictures you take are amazing. You are so precious to us. We pray for you often. We pray for good health, trail magic, views, water, peaceful days and to feel God’s love! Feel our love for you as well!! Sooooo proud of you rock Star!
    Hugs from afar!
    Rhonda
    ( Halo & Jack send love)

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  13. You are such an inspiration!! I had been hoping to cross paths with you on my last day hike south of the Smokeys on April 18, but it was not meant to be. My hope is to catch you in Alabama at the end of your journey. Prayers and love on your journey!

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  14. Saw you on Fox News and thought I’d check out your site. I’m 50 and I wish I had your energy!
    Good luck!

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  15. Sonny, so sorry we didn’t get to make it back to Flagg the day before you left, we had a sick grand baby. We are going to try to surprise Kinsley and come meet up with you on the trail some time this summer. We hope to see you soon, hope you are enjoying every step. We also look forward to seeing you back up on the mountain this fall or winter in Weogufka.

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  16. I will be following. Hope to catch you on the AT in NJ. Will bring some trail magic.

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  17. Wow! I’m so impressed and inspired. I’m already a daily hiker. I am saying a prayer for your safety and to have a good ole big time as you complete this record! Bravo!

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  18. Hope our group can see you on Saturday March 27 on top of Springer Mountain around noon.

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  19. Enjoying your 10,000,000 Steps book. Following your progress with an atlas. Slows the reading but adds much. You just entered New Jersey.

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  20. Thank you for inspiring me! I can never thank you enough! I’ll be following along. Lake ECT 2012

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  21. Nimblewill,

    You are truly an inspiration for the hiking community! Wishing you the best on your journey.

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  22. So excited to follow along with you thru your journal. Hopefully our paths will cross later this Spring as we approach GA/NC border on the AT. If not we will definitely still follow along behind you. Happy Trails and May God bless every one of your steps.

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    • Hey Buddy. Glad to see you’re doing ok. I will keep in touch with you and be reading the entries even though I’m not working anymore. Still got to keep saine.Be careful and we’ll keep in touch.

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