Images from 2022 Challenge- Hike Seven

By Stephen D. Bowling

Hikers participating in the 2022 Sheltowee Trace Challenge cut their way through 4000% humidity and temperature in the mid to upper nineties. The hike started with a downhill on a roadway, followed some blacktop, and eventually returned to the woods.

Many notable points were crossed along the way, including Interstate 75, the new mid-way point, Highway 80, Hawk Creek, Camp Steve Barbour, Pine Creek Church, Sinking Fork, Vanhook Falls, Caney Gorge, and the 192 Trailhead.

Despite the heat, the July Hike was very enjoyable. We traveled on more single track and less roadway. The hills were not as steep, and the creeks were dry for the most part.

I did have the opportunity to meet a few new people who I had not hiked with before. The more I walk, the more I understand that the joy of the Challenge is not just the accomplishment of walking 350 miles but more importantly the joy that comes from new friends.

Settle in and get ready for August- it will challenge you.

Be prepared for a challenging hike in August as we follow the Cumberland River.

© 2022 Stephen D. Bowling


About sdbowling

Director of the Breathitt County Public Library and Heritage Center in Jackson, Kentucky.
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