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Bart Smith to finish journey today

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Sep. 30, 2008 at 12:37 pm with No Comments »
September 30, 2008 12:37 pm

Bart Smith hopes to complete his 16,000-mile trek across all eight national scenic trails this afternoon

He checked in yesterday afternoon via satellite phone and had just 27 miles of the Continental Divide Trail to complete.

"It’s hard to believe that that’s going to be my last night in the tent after all these months," he told me.

Smith was to walk into Island Park, Idaho about 4 p.m. From there, a friend will take him to the Lake Hotel at Yellowstone National Park.

Tomorrow morning he will walk a short stretch of the trail inside the park, ending his journey at Old Faithful.

From there it’s off to Bozeman, Mont., to fly to Washington, D.C. to take part in Thursday’s 40th anniversary celebration of the National Trail System Act.

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