Hiker Introduction: Levrier
It seems we’re supposed to introduce ourselves to the general audience, so as you read of our quests, you actually know something about how they started. This seems reasonable enough, so I’ll give you what I can.
I’m almost thirty, and starting to feel my age. My knees don’t work as well as they once did, and I’ve been stuck in a malarial swamp for the past two and a half years for work. As a New Englander, I’m not OK with flat land, swamps, or hot weather, so my current location just isn’t ok with me.
Therefore, I have resolved to hike from Canada to Massachusetts, via all the tallest mountains in Vermont this September. I’ve been biting off sections of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail from my current location, but the tall peaks of the North Country are near and dear to my heart. I haven’t had the chance to return in far too long, and I plan on staying there as long as work will allow.
Otherwise, I already have a (mostly unused) trail name: Levrier. It’s pronounced “Lev” as in “Mag-Lev” “Rear” as in “behind”, and means “Greyhound” French. I earned it while working as a runner for the reconstructed French and Canadian forces at a museum due to my French Language proficiency. This Nom de Guerre was due to the running, of course, but also because I was evidently rather lanky, thin, and for lack of a better term, goofy looking.
In my defense, I could also cover 100 yards in 14 seconds, while carrying 25 pounds of equipment and wearing terrible shoes. I earned that name, and no one has the right to take it now.
Plus, it’s good enough for use on the trail with those I haven’t met. The fact it raises more questions than it answers is just an added bonus.
Any questions? Find me in the field, and I might just answer them.
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