Couple finishes 4,900-mile walk across America

A husband-and-wife team reached the Pacific Ocean on Saturday after a 4,900-mile (7,884-kilometer) cross-country hike, becoming the first to backpack

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October 16, 2005 08:42

A husband-and-wife team reached the Pacific Ocean on Saturday after a 4,900-mile (7,884-kilometer) cross-country hike, becoming the first to backpack the transcontinental American Discovery Trail in one continuous trek. Marcia and Ken Powers started Feb. 27 at Cape Henlopen in Delaware. Nearly eight months later, they looked out over the Pacific Ocean at Point Reyes. The couple overcame deep snow in the East, a quicksand scare in Utah, close lightning strikes in the Midwest and blinding desert sandstorms in the West while averaging 22 miles (35.4 kilometers) a day and taking only four days off.



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