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8 I The Lovell Chronicle I September 6, 2012 BY DAVID PECK How do admittedly ca- sual hikers decide to spend two months hiking the Ap- palachian Trail? In the case of Steve and Jan Martin, one could say they simply adopted the Nike slogan and decided to "just do it." "We've hiked around here; we've done some day hikes," said Jan, who has taught in Lovell schools for 36 years. "We did a week when we were first married. But we had never been out that way and were curious about it. We decided it was a good way to find out." Steve, who taught in Lovell for eight years and then the next 26 in Powell before retiring two years ago, did the planning, fig- uring which portion of the nearly 2,200-mile trail to tackle using a guide book showing the trail and de- tails about water sources, shelters and the like. The Martins started on June 6 at Suches, Ga., and worked their way north into North Carolina, Ten- nessee and Virginia, leav- ing the trail at Marion, Va,, on August 2, after which the couple spent some time in Washington, D.C., for "a little R&R," Jan said. They covered around 400 miles on the trek. The couple carried a small tent, sleeping bags, food, a change of clothes, a rain jacket, toiletries, a cam- era and a cell phone, which Jan said worked well on the top of ridges and mountains but not in the gaps. Steve's backpack weighed about 40-45 pounds, Jan's 25-30 pounds, she said. Meals consisted gener- ally of oatmeal in the morn- ing, snack bars during the day and ramen noodles for dinner. The couple would each carry about a liter of water and refill their sup- ply along the trail. Along the way, the Mar- tins generally had a chance to stay in either their tent or in a shelter, depending on the situation. "A lot of the shelters had mice," she said. "In the Smokies, we had to stay in a shelter." The pair averaged around 10 to 12 miles per day, Jan said, noting that the trail was rarely flat, usually either climbing or descending. "It was tough," she said. "The most we made was 15 miles in a day. "Most of the people on the trail were day hikers. Most through hikers go north to south. We didn't see very many women, and most were short-term hikers. Steve is always in shape, and I did Zumba be- fore the trip, but I was stiff in my legs for a couple of days and my shoulder was sore from the pack. But then I got used to it." Jan said she didn't have any problems with an ankle that she had broken nine months earlier. Every five to seven days the Martins would go into a town or a trailside hostel and resupply with food, do laundry and take a shower. "It was gorgeous," Jan said. "We forget how green things can be. We were sur- prised when walking the trail because you're always Rafters can be seen enjoying a river in this photo from along the trail during Jan and Steve Martin's two-month hike along the Appalachian Trail this summer. The Martins started in Georgia and finished in Virginia. COURTESY PHOTOS Jan and Steve Martin pose on an overlook along the Appalachian Trail during their 400-mile trek this summer. The couple hiked in four states. in the shade. Here, you look for shade. There, you look for sunlight or a view. "It was a lot of fun. It was hard work, but we'd do it again, maybe a northern section." Steve Martin taught chemistry and physics for 34 years, eight in Lovell and 26 in Powell. He also coached football and wres- tling. Jan Martin has taught for all of her 36 years in Lovell, starting out with swimming at the elementary school, middle school and high school lev- els, then gradually moving into art, as well. Now she teaches exclusively art in grades one through eight, though she still coaches middle school swimming. O -ring-tight for water resistance! Reg. Price Sl197 Federal Premium .......... " ...... Shotgun Ammunitions Winchester Ammunitions REALTREE CAMO Performance Wear Find us on Facebook 455 S, Absaroka 754-9521 ,, Powell, WY ,, www.lintonsbigr.com Cody to Powell Toll Free 587-2668 Toll Free 1-800-608-2145 PEDIC FREE delivery available NEXGEE !;Ci/: :i~: : .... RSDAY, 6 : : L THU Sept. : i Fried green beans ! i or larg potato or maca