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Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail:

The Ultimate Mid-Life Crisis

Jun 8, 2023

Our guest today, Spencer McKay, completed his thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2007. The poignant reason he went on the trail at that time is told in his conversation with Steve this week.

As an Eagle Scout, he always believed he’d hike the trail at some time during his life, but events of the previous winter pushed his timeline up considerably.

You can see more of Spencer on Instagram at and if you’d like to read his book, Walk With You, you can find it on Amazon at

Three more members of our Mighty Blue Class of 2023 give us recaps of their progress so far.

First up, Dale Shotkoski is through the Virginia Triple Crown, having to endure a whiteout at McAfee Knob. With more than 700 miles to his credit, Dale is killing it.

Then, Jessica Lang-Wright has shown so much resilience to still be out there. I met her in Damascus and she looked so well. This week, she continues to thrive and we celebrate her passing the 600-mile marker.

Finally in our group, Joanne Flagg is way up north, pushing through Vermont on her flip flop. Can’t wait to hear how she gets on in the two big states of New Hampshire and Maine up next.

If you'd like to find out more about "Then The Hail Came," check out George's website at You can also find George's book on Amazon at this link.

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