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Buena Vista man is hiking
from Georgia to Maine on AT

From the July 10, 2019 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
   Randy Fuller of Buena Vista is a little over half way through his "thru hike" of the Appalachian Trail, which stretches 2,192 miles from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. So far he's gone through North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and into Pennsylvania. This past Sunday, July 7, he hit the 1,138-mile mark.
   Through the years he had done day-hikes with his family and some backpacking trips alone and with friends, but nothing as daring as walking from Georgia to Maine on a trail that's mostly mountains and wilderness.
   After losing his beloved wife of 25 years, Kosara, after a repeated battle with cancer, he thought such a grand adventure would be good for him. As he puts one foot in front of another, day after day, and gazes out at the beauty of God's creation, he has a lot of time to think and pray.
   "I went through a lot of personal changes the last two years," said Fuller. "I became a widow, my mother-in-law who lived with me died six months later. All this happened when we were becoming empty nesters. So, I've had a lot of emotions and thoughts to process. The walking and huge amount of time away from the work-a-day world has been therapy for me."
   However, as the self-employed minister walks with his wife's ring around his neck and with their faithful dog, Gus, by his side, he doesn't just reflect on his loss or his own life. He thinks of those he is helping by using the hike as a fundraiser for Micah's Promise, a nonprofit organization that fights the sexual trafficking of children – and helps survivors.
   "As a father of three wonderful children who are now adults, I became aware of minor sex trafficking and decided ... The rest of the story.

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