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Diverse paths cross at intersection of Appalachian Trail, U.S. 40
Diverse paths cross at intersection of Appalachian Trail, U.S. 40

BOONSBORO -- In three months on the Appalachian Trail, Jim Parkins has met a federal judge, a doctor, countless Boy Scouts, marijuana-smoking college graduates, and a married couple who celebrate their anniversary each year by feeding hikers for a week. "People who would never talk to each other in the world get along great," said Parkins, a 53-year-old resident of Derby, Conn., as he rested his legs and smoked a cigarette near Annapolis Rock, a popular landmark with a spectacular view of the Cumberland Valley. The many characters of the 2,180-mile path from Georgia to Maine meet up with day-trippers from Baltimore, Frederick and Hagerstown on this busy stretch of trail near...

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