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Traverse City North Coast (Newspaper) - March 21, 2015, Traverse City, MichiganNorth coast Only a half dozen people completed it in the past Quarter Century compared to the 1,800 plus folks who try to thru hike the appalachian Trail every year. The hikes duration typically eight months derails Many hikers As does the Promise of Snow both coming and going. Pretty much everyone starts in March theress a very narrow weather window Thomas said. But Thomas and Siladke both 25, hashed out their options and the wilderness in their own backyard won out. A lot of people pass up the not because they think its not completed or dont know anything about it. About 90 percent of people say North country Trail what Are you talking about a Thomas said. We grew up on these trails. Still the not is not to be taken for granted. The undertaking required a Mountain of logistical planning an entire years Worth. Details Are lined out in ounces Grams and tenths. Their backpacks will weigh 16.8 pounds in the Winter months. Each of the 3,500 calories per Day Are accounted for As is the distance need to Pace 21 Miles a Day to Complete the seven state traverse in 240 Days. They split the hike half and half. It gives us the Chance to take turns playing tour guide Siladke said. They re watching their pennies too they re taking homemade Penny stoves. Thomas also made his own Energy bars and Siladke made his own rain gear. spend about $ 5,000 each including $ 1,000 in gear. The budget about $ 15 a Day still is reasonable by vacation standards Thomas said. But this vacation Isnit a weeks Long break from work. The men gave notice at their jobs Siladke at tuscan Bistro Thomas at dish network and full Moon pizza and neither know what the Post hike future holds for them. Siladke May write a Book or launch an online business Thomas May stick to the outdoors. But first Steps first their next meal will be their primary concern for a Long time to come. Long distance thru hikers turn into metabolism machines requiring roughly 2 pounds of food per Man per Day. A lot of thru hikers talk about the insatiable hunger that sets in Thomas said. All they can think about is pizza. Send boxes packed with dehydrated meals and biodegradable soap general delivery to Trail towns along the Way. The resupply caches will constitute 60 70 percent of their food the rest will come from Gas stations and diners along the Trail. Trail Angels also do their part along the not Matthews said. Care packages or offers of shelter and hot showers go a Long Way for morale and Luke Strider Jordan who thru hiked the Trail in 2013 waxed gratefully about the Waterproof bag of Beer and snacks tacked up at a Railhead at just the right moment Matthews said. There Are a number of people who love to help we Call it the red plaid nation of people who eke a living out of this hard climate and look for ways to help others Matthews said. At our office we All fight Over who gets to take this one to lunch. Human Contact is a unique part of the not. The not unlike the appalachian Trail or other Mountain Ridge trails is Only five to seven Days away from town at the most isolated Point the West end of Michigan nos upper Peninsula. It comes within a couple hours of metropolitan centers like Fargo Minneapolis St. Paul Detroit Cincinnati Cleveland Pittsburgh Buffalo and Albany. The Trail consists of 3,100 Miles of off Road pathways but another 1,500 Miles Are Road walk or other connectors like paved Bike paths and gravel. An official thru hike also requires walking across the Mackinac Bridge which everyone does separately As its Only open to foot traffic once a year the morning of labor Day. Thomas and Siladke will do the Bridge after the hike. give everything a four Day run through before they head to North Dakota and Start their eight month walk to Vermont. Its amazing what started from simply asking the question Why not Thomas said. They just come up with an answer. We just made the dedication to do this. One year. In March Thomas said. Everything fell into place from there. Follow their adventures at wow. Facebook. Com eastbound not Blue Angel the Story of commander Dusty Rhodes. The harrowing details within How Scotts father Raleigh survived 24 hours floating in the Ocean after the Wii Pilot was shot Down and the subsequent three years in a japanese prison Camp Are just too much Scott said. But when it comes to crediting those who shaped Scotts worldview and recent successes he walks to the bookshelf and reaches for the Book. Raleigh weighing less than 80 pounds when released recovered to become Leader of the fledgling Blue Angels precision flight team. He returned to combat in the korean War and later worked for Lockheed Martin for several decades. He died of lung cancer in 2007, and Scott his youngest son tears up talking about him. We were just kids and he was just dad a Scott said. For me it was How he led his life and How he treated people. He was always a gentleman. Scott 51, lives in Interlochen with his wife Lindy a Kingsley school teacher. Hers the vice president of sales for the North american division of Omni United a Singapore based tire manufacturing and design company. He travels across the country and world but his base is a Home office festooned with fishing banners books and a few heavy duty tires in the Corner. Lindy helped him make the professional jump Rhodes worked for 19 years for another corporation when an offer came in to build Omni unit eds North american presence from scratch. She hit Send on my resignation letter and told me to get out of the boat a Scott said. Were largely Faith driven and she reminded me to have Faith. His company made the radar tires which slowed through division Competition in the Baha desert races in 2013 2014. Scott takes no credit for the offload races he was just a cog in the wheel but has been a part of radars Timberland branded tires and movement to become a Carbon Neutral company. Its been a interesting ride for sure Scott said. His fishing Success he credits to a piece of Good advice on a bad Day. Scott started tournament fishing for Walleye in 1998. What started As a Hobby now meant hefty investments in a boat equipment and a week of time for every two Day tournament to work the Waters. Only the top 15 percent Clear any Money in Competition he said. 2 saturday March 21, 2015 from Page 1 hike to men tackle Behemoth North country Trail from Page 1 people Blue Angel leaders offspring treads North coast Allison Batdorff Seth Siladke will use a map and Compass to navigate the Trail

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