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From Kittery to Fort Kent: A Self-Propelled Journey the Length of Maine

Jim Andrews, who rowed, poled, paddled, pedaled, and hiked the length of Maine, will talk to the public on February 21st at the Bangor Public Library.
Jim Andrews, who rowed, poled, paddled, pedaled, and hiked the length of Maine, will talk to the public on February 21st at the Bangor Public Library.
Posted Jan. 31, 2013, at 10:18 a.m.

Want to experience a significant outdoor adventure this coming summer, yet never get too far from home? Have a desire to plan and complete an extraordinary outdoor journey? Or simply want to hear how others accomplish a journey of a lifetime? Then you’ll want to hear Jim Andrews on Thursday, February 21st in a free talk at the Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St in downtown Bangor.

Approaching a significant birthday, Jim decided he could avoid a potential mid-life crisis by planning a trip from Kittery to Fort Kent. And to make it interesting, he would complete the trip using only his own muscle power.

Over a period of 38 days last summer Jim Andrews rowed, poled, paddled, pedaled, and hiked nearly 600 miles from the tip of Gerrish Island in Kittery to the “northern door” of the state at Fort Kent. Yes, there were elements of danger, physical ailments, and schedule adjustments, but it was a journey that rewarded Jim more than he imagined, with plenty of new discoveries about the State of Maine, himself, and the relationship of people to remote places.

Come hear the humorous story of the inspiration, preparation, planning, and execution of this unique trip. Jim’s insights into what compels us to seek outdoor, non-motorized experiences will enhance our own understanding of what takes us outside.

A blogger on the Bangor Daily News outdoor page, Jim Andrews is an attorney, Registered Maine Guide, writer, husband, dad, and sixth-generation Mainer who grew up in the hills of Oxford County and now lives in Farmington. He is a monthly columnist for The Maine Sportsman magazine where his writing focuses on muscle-powered travel in the outdoors.

Hear Jim Andrews at 6:45pm on Thursday, February 21st at the Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St, Bangor. The talk is sponsored by the Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club and is free and open to the public. FMI email Education Chair John Mullens at education@amcmaine.org

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