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This is a podcast on the American Discovery Trail and trans-continental, coast-to-coast walking across the USA.

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    • Society & Culture

This is a podcast on the American Discovery Trail and trans-continental, coast-to-coast walking across the USA.

    Episode 4 - West Virginia: By God!

    Episode 4 - West Virginia: By God!

    As the American Discovery Trail crosses the Potomac into West Virginia, it leaves behind the flat, easy walking of Delaware and Maryland, finding its ways into hill country. The most rugged--and also, arguably, the most sublime--stretch of the ADT east of the Rockies looms in Dolly Sods. In this episode, the ADT's State Co-Coordinator for West Virginia, Sharon Weekley, describes the route through her state, from the Potomac to the Ohio. She is followed by Gerald D. Swick, an author and journalist with a deep understanding of the West Virginian history. In a wide-ranging conversation, we discuss natural resources, the Civil War, labor battles, lion leash laws, and at least a dozen other topics. Montani semper liberi!

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 3 - Maryland & DC: A History of Transportation

    Episode 3 - Maryland & DC: A History of Transportation

    The American Discovery Trail's approach through Maryland and Washington DC tells a history of American transportation. After following minor roads and--by necessity--taking a car over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the route leads a traveler past Annapolis's naval base, Bowie's rail hub, College Park's airport (the oldest continuously operating one in the world), and the C&O Canal. And that's certainly not the extent of the history, in a state that was marked by early religious persecution, caught in the middle of the Civil War, and home to a capitol that reshaped its priorities. This episode features interviews with the ADT State Coordinators for Maryland and Washington DC, Peter Schoettle and Donna Loop respectively, along with Alexander Lothstein, the School Programs Manager for the Maryland Historical Society.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Episode 2 - Delaware: The First State on the ADT

    Episode 2 - Delaware: The First State on the ADT

    The American Discovery Trail links California to Delaware, but for most through-hikers, Delaware marks their starting point, near the small town of Lewes. This episode takes a close look at the ADT in Delaware, featuring interviews with Terry Shuchart, who discusses her experience section-hiking the route through the state, and Denise Clemons, author of A Culinary History of Southern Delaware and Lewes, Delaware - Historical Highlights and Walking Tour.

    • 46 min
    Episode 1 - Trailblazers

    Episode 1 - Trailblazers

    The American Discovery Trail is the first coast-to-coast walking and biking route across the USA, cobbling together established trail networks, local roads, and occasional highways to lead travelers across the country. In this first episode, I speak with Eric Seaborg, one of the route's co-founders and the current president of the ADT Society, about the ADT's origins. Then, I'm joined by Marcia and Ken Powers (Gottawalk), the first through-hikers of the ADT, who share stories from their months on the road.

    • 1 hr 6 min

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