HINTON - A couple who settled in Hinton is on its way to completing a trek from Georgia to Maine.
John Vuolo, 60, also known as "J5," is a retired Navy vet and active member of the Hinton Area Board of Directors.
He, his wife Beth, who earned the trail name "Dragon Lady," and a high school friend named "Captain Jake" began hiking the Appalachian Trail in March and reached West Virginia in early June.
The entire journey is documented on TrailJournals
, where Vuolo posts photos and updates.
But 15 miles a day put a toll on Beth's feet, and she now is following the route in a pickup truck, according to Hinton attorney David Ziegler.
Ziegler has known Vuolo for five years. He told Newswatch the 60-year-old is in excellent shape.
"The one day that I hiked with him, I was impressed that everybody else that was hiking the trails seemed to know him, and everybody was getting along and having a good time," Ziegler said. "He's a friendly, intelligent ambitious man."
Vuolo is accepting pledges for each mile he walks. That information and the mission of the Hinton Area Foundation
are available online.