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Discovery Continued from page 22 They offered us cold drinks and some snacks. Trail magic strikes again! "At the Dogwood picnic shelter, we took an extended break and tried to dry out boots further from yesterday's dunking in the stream crossing. "By afternoon, we reached Lon- donderry, our second and last maildrop. Since the post office was closed, we called the post- master. "She immediately ordered us to come down, opened the office and gave us our box. Since these were the supplies we needed to finish the hike and it would last us the next six days, we were delighted with her offer. "When she arrived, she asked us if we wanted to come to her house for dinner, a shower and laundry. Wow, what an offerow could we refuse?" The couple plans to carry camp- ing equipment and will spend most nights camping out. A typi- cal day begins at 6 a.m. and the couple will bicycle most of the way except where biking isn't fea- sible. Then they will hike while friends move ahead and meet them further along the trail with their bicycles. After biking or hiking all day, the couple will make camp or de- pend upon the kindness of strangers. There's a whole network of cousins, friends, co-workers and friends of friends of friends who are offering to help in what has re- quired a major planning effort by Bill. For example, there are airline tickets waiting in SL Louis with a cousin, which they will use to at- tend their daughters' graduation on May 18. There are friends waiting in Denver and San Francisco, a best friend who already helped them on the Ohio leg of their trip and food that has already been mailed in advance to Illinois. The downside of the trip is that it is hard. "It is painful," she said. "And it is darn hard to leave home." During a typical day of hiking, the two expect to cover about 15 miles. Each will carry a pack with 40 to 50 pounds of camping gear and will make arrangments to mail other equipment ahead of them as needed. Reese Lnkei Jr., who wrote the "American Discovery Trail Ex- plorer's Guide," and who served as the national coordinator for the ADT is a friend of the Feet's. He said Monday night that the couple will provide valuable information about the trail, much of which is still relatively unexplored. "The feedback is going to be benefi- c]al, he stud. Lukei, who has hiked over 1,000 miles of the ADT, has a simple explanation for why the hikers touch the imagination of people who live along the trail. "Most people have a sense of ad- venture," he said. Castle is a member of the House Trails Caucus in the House of Representatives. He has co-spon- sored legislation that would amend the National Trails System Act and designate the ADT as the first of a new category of long- distance trails. Castle said he wants to see the Discovery Trail become a "na- tional greenway" on the order of the state greenway system in Delaware that connects open, nat- ural spaces up and down the state. "As many of you know, I be- lieve very strongly in designating natural areas of our country for people of all ages to enjoy, whether for hiking, walking, dis- covering nature, or other recre- ational activities," Castle said. "As governor, I worked with many people in the state and in private groups to establish the Greenways program in Delaware, with the intent to link our state via natural areas." According to Castle, the costs of the bill are nominal, $360,000 for the first three years, and then $200,000 each year for mainte- fiance. The bill's author in the House, Rep. Doug Bereuter, Nebraska, said that the measure would be funded through the National Park Service, and could possibly be paid for in existing Park Service funds. Charles Salkin, director of the Division of Parks and Recreation and local coordinator Jim Ippolito were among those who gathered to bid the bikers farewell. Ippolito, an active biker him- self, was one of the escorting rid- ers who rode out of Cape Hen- SPECIAL AMTRAK EXPLI RE AMERICA FARES EAN RAVEL 4377 Highway One Rehoboth Beach 227-1607 . +  : + ::'ii NarWhal , D.CP.tken The American Discovery Trail runs from Cape Henlopen State Park at Lewes to Point Reyes National Seashore north of San Francisco. lopen State Park with the Happi Feet. Flanked by television cameras and several well-wishers, Laurie and Bill Foot rolled away from the Atlantic under sunny skies. After all the remarks about the dedication and discipline needed for the trip, Laurie rode off ex- plaining, "We are really looking Res4mmtions are required and must be made 3/oj97-5/9/97 Iral 3/24/97-6/19/9L For somme travel 6/20/97-8/17/97 using SAEAF, edd $50. Fares not vzlid to md from Florida. 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