Then, towards the beginning of 1990, the couple’s lives took an unexpected turn. On finding out that they were both about to lose their jobs, they decided to realize one of Molly’s ambitions and hike the famous Appalachian Trail. They hoped that the six-month journey might provide some time to consider their next move.
At around 2,200 miles long, the Appalachian Trail is one of the most well-known long-distance hiking routes in the world. It winds its way through the eastern United States, running from Springer Mountain, Georgia, in the south to Mount Katahdin, Maine, in the north. Along the way, it takes in the scenery of 14 states.
Today, the Appalachian Trail is big business, with more than 6,000 “thru-hikers” having completed the trail so far this decade. However, back in 1990, only half as many adventurers were finding their way onto the path. But although the route was far quieter, there was thought to be little risk associated with making the trip.