'Exploration can be twofold. It can be going to a new location or it can mean pushing through a physical boundary'
This is Jennifer Pharr Davis' philosophy on adventuring which got her across 14 different States when she hiked the Appalachian trail in North America. She completed the infamous trail that starts at Springer Mountain in Georgia and ends at Mount Katahdin in Maine last summer and set a new speed record time of 46 days, 11 hours, 20 minutes.
|The Appalachia Trail route from Maine to Georgia. Jennifer started|
in Maine and hiked southbound to break the speed record
'The idea was that my best was good enough for the overall record on the Appalachian Trail. I wanted the ultimate challenge. I didn't want to do anything less or anything easier'
She started everyday at 4:45am and hiked an average pace of 47 miles each day in 16 hour stretches. Starting in Maine in mid-June 2011, she took 46 days to cover the 2,181 Trail and hiked straight into the record books.
But Jennifer shares other similarities with The Wild Geese. When asked about the appeal of the Appalachian Trail:
The Wild Geese never saw adventures in Ireland after 1691, but they always dreamed of returning. The feeling of accomplishing such a feat as Jennifer has in a place she calls home must be incomparable to anything else. Congratulations to Jennifer.