Great Eastern Trail through-hikers Bart Houck and Joanna Swanson cross the Tug Fork River and enter West Virginia, the approximate halfway point on their 1,800-mile, nine-state trek. Accompanying them are TuGuNu Hiking Club members Tim McGraw and Paul Kenney.
Bart Houck and Joanna Swanson hike the floodwall pathway into downtown Matewan.
Bart Houck enjoys one of a relatively few frost-free beards days since beginning his trek in January. Since beginning the hike in Alabama, Houck and hiking companion Joanna Swanson have encountered snow and freezing temperatures in each of the four states they have walked through.
Gazette photo by LAWRENCE PIERCE.......'HIKERS1'.......9.5x5.93.......First through-hikers on Great Eastern Trail in Matewan,W.V........3/27/13.......