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Local Man Hiking Appalachian Trail to Raise Money for Talbot Interfaith Shelter


♪ [APPLAUSE] >>WELL, I KNOW THAT YOU LIKE TO RUN.>>YES.>>SO YOU KNOW FROM FIVE CASE TWO HALF MARATHONS AMERICANS, THERE ARE A LOT OF DIFFERENT WAYS TO RAISE MONEY. YOU THINK YOU COULD RUN THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL IF IT WAS A GOOD CAUSE?>>IF THEY TOOK OUT ALL THE MOUNTAINS.>>IF IT WAS LAST?>>IF IT WAS FLAT! [LAUGHTER] >>WELL, A MAN FROM EASTON IS ABOUT TO MAKE THE 295 MILE TRACK. HE IS HERE WITH US TODAY. WELCOME ROBERT MESSICK. JOINING HIM TODAY IS JULIE LOWE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE TALBOT INTERFAITH SHELTER.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU, GUYS.>>I NEED TO KNOW WHAT EXACTLY ARE YOU DOING. THIS SOUNDS A LITTLE CRAZY.>>YOU’RE NOT RUNNING THE TRAIL?>>WELL, NOT MOST OF THE TIME, BUT MAYBE SOME DOWNHILL BECAUSE THERE WILL BE A LOT OF DOWNHILL.>>SO YOU WILL HIKE THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL?>>YES, I WILL BE STARTING AT THE SOUTHERN TERM, SPRINGER MOUNTAIN GEORGIA, HIKING 2190 MILES TO THE NORTHERN MOUNTAIN IN MAINE.>>WOW.>>SO THEY SAY WITH THE UPS AND DOWNS AND ELEVATIONS, IT IS EQUIVALENT TO CLIMBING AND DESCENDING THE HIMALAYAS AND MOUNT EVEREST 16 TIMES.>>OH MY GOODNESS!>>JUST WANTS?>>AND YOU ARE NOT DOING THIS JUST FOR YOUR HEALTH, YOU HAVE A VERY IMPORTANT REASON?>>YES, EXACTLY. BECAUSE OF MY INTEREST IN THE TALBOT INTERFAITH SHELTER, AND ITS MISSION OF PROVIDING A SAFE AND SECURE HOUSING FOR THOSE WHO WOULD OTHERWISE BE HOMELESS, I HAVE VOLUNTEER THERE IN THE PAST, AND TRIED TO SUPPORT THEM IN EVERY WAY I CAN. I THINK IT IS A VERY WORTHY CAUSE, SO THAT IS WHY I WANTED TO COORDINATE THIS HIKE AS A FUNDRAISER.>>SO JULIE, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE INTERFACE SHELTER?>>OH, MAN, THIS IS SO AWESOME. WE ARE SO PSYCHED ABOUT THIS WALK, THIS HIGH CONTRACT, IT IS AMAZING TO ME THAT ROBERT WANTS TO DO THIS, FOR US AND OUR MISSION OF HELPING PEOPLE WHO HAVE FALLEN ON HARD TIMES AND JUST NEED A KICKSTART TO GET BACK ON THE ROAD TO SELF-SUFFICIENCY.>>SO, TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE SHELTER, WHAT IS ITS MISSION?>>WELL, WHAT WE TRY TO DO IS OFFER FREE AND SAFE HOUSING TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD A PATCH OF BAD TIMES, WHETHER IT’S A FORECLOSURE, OR THEIR LANDLORDS HAVE BEEN FORECLOSED ON, OR THEY HAVE HAD A CATASTROPHIC HEALTH ISSUE, WHATEVER HAS REALLY KNOCKS THEM OFF OF THEIR GAME. YOU KNOW, A LOT OF US LIVE PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK, AND WHEN YOU MISS A COUPLE OF PAYCHECKS, THINGS GO SPIRALING DOWNWARDS. SO WE TRY TO BE A SAFETY NET FOR FOLKS WHO WOULDN’T OTHERWISE HAVE A SAFETY NET.>>ROBERT, YOU SAY THAT YOU VOLUNTEER OR YOU HAVE VOLUNTEER, SO WHAT IS IT MEAN TO YOU? WHAT IS THE SHELTER ME?>>WELL, I THINK IT IS AN IMPORTANT MISSION BECAUSE THERE IS A DEFINITE NEED FOR IT. AND WHO KNOWS, IT COULD HAPPEN TO ANYONE, SO I THINK IT IS AN IMPORTANT COMMUNITY ASSET, AND IT HAS GROWN, AND IT HAS BEEN TREMENDOUS. BEFORE HAND, WHEN IT WAS HELD AT DIFFERENT CONGREGATIONS AND THEIR PARASOLS, THEIR MEETING HOUSES, NOW THEY HAVE A FACILITY, A PERMANENT FACILITY. BED-AND-BREAKFAST IN EASTON. SO IT’S REALLY A VERY NICE PLACE, AND IT HAS BEEN A BIG IMPROVEMENT OVER WHAT THEY HAD BEFORE.>>YEAH. SO, TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE HIKE. WHEN DELIA?>>I WILL BE LEAVING APRIL 15. I NEED TO GET THROUGH TAX SEASON FOR MY CLIENTS. [LAUGHTER] >>OKAY.>>BUT I HAVE A FLIGHT BOOKED TO GO DOWN TO ATLANTA, AND THEN I WILL TAKE THE TRIP TO SPRINGER MOUNTAIN. AND FROM THERE, SETTLE.>>OKAY, SO HOW LONG DOES A JOURNEY LIKE THIS TAKE WE IT IS OVER 2000 MILES.>>WELL, IT IS QUITE VARIABLE, DEPENDING UPON ANY NUMBER OF THINGS, INCLUDING POSSIBLE INJURIES, WHICH I HOPE DOESN’T HAPPEN, BUT I AM SHOOTING FOR ABOUT FIVE MONTHS, WHICH WOULD MEAN AVERAGING ABOUT 15 MILES A DAY. IT IS POSSIBLE TO GO LONGER MILES, BUT OTHER TIMES, IT’S GOING TO BE SHORTER. THERE ARE PLACES WHERE YOU ARE CRAWLING THROUGH LITTLE CRAIN IS ALMOST, AND YOU CAN’T EVEN FIT WITH A BACKPACK THROUGH. SO IT WILL BE QUITE A CHALLENGE.>>ARE YOU READY? IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE READY, YOU HAVE YOUR BACKPACK.>>ARE YOU LEAVING RIGHT HERE. [LAUGHTER] >>HAVE ALL MY GEAR, THE APPROPRIATE CLOTHING, AND I AM CURRENTLY WORKING ON GETTING ALL OF THE FOOD IN ORDER, PREPARING A LOT OF IT AND DEHYDRATING IT.>>YES.>>BECAUSE YOU DON’T WANT TO CARRY MORE WEIGHT THAN NECESSARY, SO TO GET RID OF THE WATER, THAT IS THE HEAVIEST THING IN THE BACK.>>SO I IMAGINE THAT THIS WOULD TAKE A TEAM OF PEOPLE. HOW CAN PEOPLE HELP YOU ACCOMPLISH THIS?>>WELL, WHAT I WOULD REALLY LOVE TO SEE IS IF PEOPLE CAN SPONSOR OR DONATE TOWARDS THE TALBOT INTERFAITH SHELTER. I WILL BE HAVING SOME CONTACT THROUGHOUT THIS TREK, THROUGH DIFFERENT SOCIAL MEDIAS. I WILL BE RECORDING MY HIKE ON MY GPS WATCH.>>NICE.>>SO PEOPLE CAN FOLLOW ME ONLINE, AND I THINK IT COULD BE INTERESTING FOR THOSE WHO ARE SO INCLINED.>>DEFINITELY.>>WELL, GOOD LUCK TO YOU.>>YES, WE ARE LOOKING FOR TO

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