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One Foot in Front of the Other: Egon Overgaard “Goat Roper” on the Appalachian Trail

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Area Voices with Katie Carter

“I think everybody that’s on this trail…on this quest… are looking for something to complete themselves...there’s some sort of healing that goes on” – Egon Overgaard

Egon Overgaard was feeling “at loose ends” after his wife Carol passed away last fall. He began thinking about something he’d learned about long before and decided to commit to walking the nearly 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail. At 78, he’s one of the oldest on the trail. Producer Katie Carter caught up with him in Rutland, Vermont. He’d hiked abut 1700 miles and had less than 500 to go.

To follow along with Egon and his friends Kevin and Leah follow along on Kevin and Leah’s YouTube Channel click here.

To follow along on his quest to raise money for a solar array at Egon’s Church, check out his GoFundMe! here.

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Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. Since 2016, she's produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota. She's our local host of NPR's All Things Considered and CBC's As It Happens every weekday from 4-7pm.