Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting up with NCT thru-hiker M.J. Eberhart, a.k.a. Nimblewill Nomad, out on the NCT by Lake George, MN. Joining us were Itasca Moraine Chapter volunteer Darrel Rodekuhr of Walker; NCTA member and Northwoods Press reporter Judy Merrit of Nevis; Lakeland Public TV reporter Jenny Day from Bemidji; and videographer/editor Randy Cadwell of Arvig Communications System of Perham.
We kept Eb from the Trail a little while longer than he hoped but I think he enjoyed describing why he’s out here doing what he’s doing. Judy and I walked with Eb for about a mile and a half and he walks at a pretty good clip. Of course, that comes in handy when you’re routinely attempting 25-mile days and tackling a 4,600-mile long trail. He told Darrel today that he really enjoyed the ITM’s section of trail and is eager to take on “the Chip.”
I would definitely encourage folks across the NCT community to try to catch up with Eb on his hike. You will definitely be glad you did as he’s an inspiring person and a joy to be around.
To follow Nimblewill’s progress, visit his website at: http://www.nimblewillnomad.com/odyssey_2009_journals.htm
Here’s the photo from Jerry Trout of Eb on the Chippewa National Forest trail segment near Hackensack. Notice how happy he looks to be hiking in warmer temperatures?