On Friday, November 1, 2013 the Maine IAT Chapter hosted a small welcome party for Julie King and Ed Talone at Sebago Brewing Company in Portland, Maine. Julie and Ed have been hiking in Maine, USA and Canada’s Atlantic Provinces since May, 4, 2013, when they started at the northeast corner of Maine's Baxter State Park.
Their hike included sections of the IAT, many rail trails, and other local and regional trails. During their hike they walked in Maine, New Brunswick, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada. In total they walked 2576 miles and, by Ed’s count, crossed 1723 bridges.
Their side trips included Quebec’s Magdalene Islands, Nova Scotia’s Cabot Trail and Labrador's Pioneer Coastal Path on the north shore of the Strait of Belle Isle.
During their hike Julie did a spectacular job of maintaining a SHUTTERFLY website where visitors can read about their trek and see all the great photos of the places they visited.
Maine Chapter President, Don Hudson officially welcomed Julie and Ed and thanked them for all the wonderful efforts they made to promote the IAT and acquaint people along their way with the IAT.
Poul Jorgensen, NB Trails Coordinator also attended the event. He transported Julie and Ed from his home province to Portland to attend the event and catch up on other IAT activities, like the AGM in Scotland.
Dick Anderson urged everyone to visit their SHUTTERFLY website and see all of the spectacular countryside they traveled through and all the wonderful people they met along the way, who made their hike a special experience for them.
At the event Julie and Ed thanked everyone for the great support they received, both in the planning of the hike and along the route they traveled.
In addition to attracting the attention of curious bystanders and thoughtful "angels", they also attracted the attention of local media and were featured in a number of different newspaper stories.
Another claim to fame for Ed is his being among a very small number of people in the United States to have hiked more than 50,000 miles, and Julie has hiked extensively in the British Isles, Australia and the United States.
It was a pleasure indeed for me, and the group that attended the event, to share a few moments with two exceptional hikers, have a bite to eat with them, thank them for their great contribution to the IAT and bid them farewell.