Woman attempts first solo thru-hike of American Discovery Trail

Briana DeSanctis, of Farmington, Maine, stands in the parking lot just outside the Stevensville Post Office, Friday, Jan. 7, wearing her backpack and dressed for cold weather hiking. She began her year-long journey of walking across the U.S. along the American Discovery Trail, from Cape Henlopen, Delaware, and will be hiking west for the remainder of the year to arrive at Point Reyes National Seashore, California. She did get a ride across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge that day.

STEVENSVILLE — New Year’s Day, veteran female hiker Briana DeSanctis, 38, originally of Farmington, Maine, took the first steps of her 5,057 mile journey. Embarking on the American Discovery Trail to cross the United States in a little more than a year, she began her journey from the coast in Cape Henlopen, Del.

DeSanctis hiked the entire 2,198.2 mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine back in 2015. She started that trek March 5 and ended it on Sept. 17 of that year. So, she’s no novice to hiking long distances.

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