Moline native completes hike of entire Appalachian Trail

QCA native hikes the entire Appalachian Trail
Published: Jul. 19, 2022 at 2:58 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 7, 2023 at 10:29 AM CST
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) -Completing all of the 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail is considered a mammoth undertaking. Thousands of hikers set out to make an attempt each year but only one out of every four actually succeeds in making it the entire way.

Katie Leinart, a native of Moline who now lives in Colorado, shares her extraordinary story of perseverance--including a hiatus to nurse a broken leg--before completing the trek.

Leinart began the journey on July 1, 2021, but fractured her fibula in October. This meant she had take a break for a few months while recuperating at her parents’ home in Moline. In March, she returned to the trail at the site of her accident in Virginia to resume the hike. Katie finally finished in May, 2022.

Katie’s Instagram account contains beautiful images from her long hike and more at @RoamAndReverie.

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