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Couple Complete Their Incredible Journey

Sunday 1 December 2019

 

From US newspaper the Lewiston Tribune:

 

Travis Nichols and Laura DeLand
above: Travis Nichols and Laura DeLand embrace at the
U.S.-Canadian border as they pose for a photo Nov. 2,
after finishing the 3,000-mile Continental Divide Trail.
(Courtesy)
 

Couple complete their incredible journey

Spokane hikers cover 3,100-mile Continental Divide Trail, overcoming snow, storms and chronic fatigue syndrome

By Eli Francovich of the Spokesman-Review
November 29, 2019
© Copyright 2019 Lewiston Morning Tribune.

Toward the end of November 2002, Lauren DeLand’s body started to ache. Her head hurt. She was fatigued. Barely able to get up in the mornings, she slept most days, flip-flopping between the bed and the couch.

The athletic and driven 20-year-old studying pre-med at Eastern Washington University wasn’t worried. She had the flu. She’d recover.

Except, she didn’t.

Now, 17 years, 8,000 miles and 1 million vertical feet later, she still struggles with those symptoms — a never-ending flu of sorts — also known as chronic fatigue syndrome.

“It totally ripped apart my life,” DeLand said. “It took away everything I knew or identified as. And one of those things was being an athlete.”

Which made Nov. 2 all the more remarkable.

On that day, the 37-year-old stepped from Montana into Canada, thus completing a six-month continuous hike from Mexico to Canada. It was her third long-distance thru-hike since 2016.

 

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