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Their first surprise: freeze-dried meals do funny things to your GI- tract. Their first fight: when Angela noticed that Duffy's long legs propel him along the trail faster than she can muster. But on they pressed-encountering snakes, bears, and fellow thru-hikers with trail names like Crazy Legs and Catch 23. They baked in the deserts of Southern California, gazed awestruck at the snowy, serrated peaks of the High Sierra, and attempted to hide from Northern Washington's seemingly incessant rain. One hundred thirty two days later, they made it-blisters and all.
Angela Ballard's articles on culture and lifestyle, sports, health, and technology have appeared in Men's Health, on GORP.com, and in other publications. Duffy Ballard, M.D., is a resident in Emergency Medicine at University of California, Davis, Medical Center. His writing credits include contributing to Hoops Nation. After completing their journey, Angela and Duffy married; they live in Sacramento, California.
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