On October 27th, and from the capitol in Nashville Tennessee, the NimblewillNomad began yet another grand adventure, a journey through the “Old Southwest,” down the historic Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail.
The driving purpose behind Odyssey 2003 was to visit the grave ofMeriwether Lewis, at Meriwether Lewis Monument in Lewis County Tennessee, where rests the remains of that great explorer and statesman who took his own life at a place called Grinder’s Stand.
Surely, there is no man alive today, save, perhaps, Norman Miller, who’s spent more time with Lewis and Clark. And so it was to be expected, to beginOdyssey 2004, the Nimblewill Nomad would pass the grave of William Clark in Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis. Thus, during these odysseys has the old Nomad traveled with the Corps of Discovery, lived with them — and thus does he know them well.
Silver Threads Among the Gold
This page is a “me too” page, pure and simple. Who wouldn’t enjoy a moment or two basking in the light of one of this era’s greatest young long-distance hikers! And that great young fellow is none other than Andrew “Andy” Skurka.
Andy’s latest accomplishment, one in a long string of accomplishments, has come to be known as The Great Western Loop (GWL). How many of us can say, or might possibly ever say, “I did that!” So, now for the record, the old Nomad says, “I did that!”
But, honestly folks, there’s very little to compare other than the name. Andy’s GWL covered 6,875 miles, Nomad‘s only 5,000 and change. And Andy hiked his GWL as a thru-hike. What passes here as Nomad‘s GWL is an amalgamation of sections that comprise four separate treks.
Anyway, Walt Whitman is known to have said: “If you done it, it ain’t bragging.” So, out of great respect and admiration for Andy, here’s Nimblewill Nomad’s GWL.
The Nimblewill Nomad’s GWL Segment Details
Northern Leg – 610 Mile
From: March 29, 2006 – Bridge of the Gods, Cascade Locks, Oregon
To: April 23, 2006 – Rogers Pass, Montana
**Accomplished during Odyssey 2006: Journey of Discovery, Return: Lewis & Clark National Scenic Trail, Fort Clatsop, Oregon to St. Louis, Missouri
Eastern Leg – 1,947 Miles
From: July 5, 2005 – Dearborn River, near Rogers Pass, Montana
To: September 3, 2005 – Silverthorne, Colorado (off CDT due to health)
From: August 14, 2007 – Silverthorne, Colorado (returned to finish CDT)
To: October 2, 2007 – Pie Town, New Mexico
**Accomplished during Odysseys 2005 & 2007: Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, Waterton Lakes, Alberta, Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico
Southern Leg – 652 Miles
From: October 7, 2002 – Pie Town, New Mexico
To: November 6, 2002 – Campo, California
**Accomplished during Odyssey 2002: From Sea To Shining Sea, Cape Hatteras Light, North Carolina to Point Loma Light, San Diego, California
Western Leg – 2,154 Miles
From: April 23, 2008 – Campo, California
To: August 24, 2008 – Bridge of the Gods, Cascade Locks, Oregon
**Accomplished during Odyssey 2008: Pacific Crest Trail, Campo, California to the Washington/Canadian border
Total Distance = 5,363 Miles
On April 11, 2002, Nomad departed from the lighthouse at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, bound for San Diego, California. As he left Cape Hatteras he headed for DC, and from there he went up the Mt. Vernon Trail and connected with the C&O Towpath in Georgetown. He then continued on to Harpers Ferry, winding his way westward.
Nomad reached the beginning of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail Saturday, July 20th at Arrow Rock, Missouri. It took 80 days and nearly 1700 miles to get to that point. Some 40 days and 870 miles later, he stood at the old Mission of San Miguel in the heart of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
On Saturday, November 9th, at Old Point Loma Lighthouse, overlooking the Pacific at Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego, California, Odyssey 2002, “From Sea to Shining Sea” was successfully concluded–a trek that covered 3,524 miles and 159 days.
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