Congratulations to Jim Gregoire, Trail Conference Treasurer, who over the weekend completed his multi-year, 4,200-mile, Atlantic-to-Pacific section hike of our country!
Jim’s final segment covered about 350 miles, starting on the Columbia River is Pasco, WA, and finishing at Cape Disappointment where that river meets the Pacific. Jim notes that this is where Lewis and Clark spent the winter before returning to St. Louis in 1806.
In the Fall issue of the print Trail Walker, Jim said: “I developed a real love for seeing new parts of the country and meeting so many gracious, generous people along the way. Each day on the road is an adventure, full of unknowns that affect my journey. I have not encountered any problems with people or animals along the way except for a few close calls—like an up-close encounter with a grizzly in Glacier National Park and nearly stepping on roadside rattlesnakes.”
On the weekend of October 4-6, Jim celebrated completion of his hike with family, friends, and college classmates. In 2005, Jim completed his section hike of the Appalachian Trail. He became a trail maintainer in New Jersey and volunteer AT supervisor in New Jersey before joining the Trail Conference board as Treasurer. “I support the Trail Conference with my time and financial resources, because it makes the great outdoors accessible to millions of people without charge. What a great mission!”
Thank you, Jim, and congratulations!