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On hikes through Maryland's Appalachian Trail, you 'huff and puff and chat'

On hikes through Maryland's Appalachian Trail, you 'huff and puff and chat'

Zeke Barbour doesn't shy from a stiff challenge. So when the Forest Hill resident learned of a group trek on a rugged, rock-strewn 8 1/2-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail in Maryland, he signed on. Barbour has hiked pieces of the 2,160-mile trail before, and Saturday, at age 73, he'll do it again. Why? "It clears the cobwebs from your brain, lifts your spirits and makes your troubles fade away," he said. "I get a real rush when I'm done." Saturday's hike, from Pen Mar in Washington County to Route 77 in Frederick County, is the first of five planned monthly jaunts that will cover all 41 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Maryland. Led by Richard...

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