Just Pete

My wife, Kris, and I are retired and live in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. We have been married for 33 years and have 2 beautiful daughters (Brooke and Kerri) who are in their twenties.

March 31, 2017 I began a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.  At that point in my life I had zero hiking experience and was not fond of camping.  Over the next 164 days I discovered that I was actually a pretty decent hiker and I didn’t mind camping.  Who’d have known!

I also discovered that I had a very generous and supportive group of family and friends.  We raised more than $67,000 that was donated to the charities I hiked for.

I completed the 2,190 miles of the AT on September 10, 2017.  Throughout the hike, if you’d have asked me if a was going to do something like this again, the answer would have been a definitive no.

It took me about 3 months to physically recover from the rigors of the AT.  After I was back to “normal” I realized that I need to have a goal to be shooting for.  Since I can hike, I might as well hike again!

In May of 2019 I will begin a hike across Spain and Portugal.  I will be hiking 5 different sections of the Camino de Santiago totaling nearly 900 miles.

I hope you’ll follow along.

Happy trails!