Hikeover Coun­try

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If it’s ever fin­ished, the Great Plains Trail will be noth­ing like our coun­try’s other long paths; it cuts across the rolling plains of Mid­dle Amer­ica rather than vast west­ern moun­tains or dense eastern forests. As we found out when we shared our pro­file of trail pi­o­neer Steve My­ers (“Walk­ing to the Hori­zon,” June 2018), that kind of scenery ap­peals to some back­pack­ers more than oth­ers. “Ev­ery state in this coun­try has its own type of beauty,” Jes­sica Hubbard wrote on Face­book. Phillip Stretch Baker was less en­thused. “I’ve driven through fly­over states and don’t see the in­cen­tive to hike there,” he said. “You walk miles to see the same thing you saw at the start of the day.” But Anne P. O’Brien, who was get­ting ready for a sea­son in the Ap­palachian Trail’s “green tun­nel,” saw a new op­por­tu­nity: “See­ing an en­tire dark sky full of stars would be a wel­come change.”

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