Michigan man retraces Daniel Boone’s famous trek to Kentucky
A Michigan man completed a 16-day journey Thursday that aimed to retrace the trail carved through Appalachia by famed frontiersman Daniel Boone.
Curtis Penix carried a 40-pound backpack on his journey of nearly 240 miles through the so-called Boone Trace. The trail started in Tennessee, wound into Virginia and took him into Kentucky’s Fort Boonesborough, which was built after Boone and his team finished their path.
“The American dream started on this road,” the 46-year-old Penix said……
Boone Trace hikers reach Madison County
by Machaela Ballard
The Richmond Register
When Curtis Penix and Given Fox were told that the 220 mile Boone’s Trace trek originally made by Daniel Boone 240 years ago could not be done in today’s conditions, they set out to prove the cynics wrong, Penix said.
“They were wrong because we are doing it. We’ve nearly done it,” Penix said Monday, shortly after ascending Boone Gap, at the Madison-Rockcastle and countyline.
The Mountain Advocate
After a grueling 110 miles and nine days later, Curtis Penix and Givan Fox finally made it to Knox County and Ely Hollow Road. The men are into their ninth day of a 16-day hike that began on March 10 in Kingsport, Tenn., historically the day Daniel Boone headed west across the Cumberland Gap to break the trail for future settlers. The historic trail the men are following is commonly known across Knox County as the Boone Trace. Penix is following in the footsteps of his five-times-great-grandfather, Joshua Penix, who traveled across the Boone Trace through Kentucky to settle in Fort Boonesborough.
Backpackers walking in the footsteps of Daniel Boone
by Tom Eblen
RACCOON SPRINGS — As dawn broke, backpackers Curtis Penix and Givan Fox emerged from their shelter, rubbed their eyes and filled their water bottles from natural springs that trickled out of a hillside.
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Hikers attempt to finish 200 mile trip in Daniel Boone’s footsteps
WYMT TV 57 Mountain News
March 17, 2015
KNOX Co., Ky. (WYMT) – Carrying 40 pounds of supplies while hiking beside a busy road is not your typical backpacking experience.
But for hikers traveling across Eastern Kentucky it is a historical trip in more ways than one.
Hiking through history
by Kelsey Gearheart
Middlesboro Daily News
As you drive along U.S. 25E this week you might see two men with huge backpacks walking alongside the road. There is no need to offer them a ride because these men, Curtis Penix and Givan Fox, are chasing a dream and a part of their family history.
Boone Trace Hiker, Curtis Penix, Headed for Kentucky!
KentuckyTourism.com Outdoor Adventure Blog
by The Office of Adventure Tourism
Many of you may have seen recent news stories and social media buzz about a hiker from Michigan named Curtis Penix. Mr. Penix is currently on day four of a 200 mile, 16 day quest to hike the entirety of the Boone Trace. He began the trip March 10 on Long Island in the Holston River near Johnson City, TN. He is slated to enter into Kentucky via the Cumberland Gap on Monday, March 16.
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Right Now Someone is Walking Towards Middlesboro – Help Us Follow This Epic Trek!
by Isaac Kremer
Discover Downtown Middlesboro Kentucky
We’re going to keep it simple and let Mr. Fox share his remarkable story in his own words. If you see him while on the trip wave hello and give some encouragement. Better yet, take a picture and share it on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #BooneTrace2015. That way we can keep up on the progress.
Mr. Fox should pass through Middlesboro around noon on March 16. Some re-enactors from the Park will be walking with him over the Gap and then gathering in the Visitors Center. Then he will proceed with walking through Middlesboro and northward in the footsteps of Daniel Boone. How cool is that?
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Curtis Penix Hikes the Boone Trail
The Times News Online
Monroe man to hike Daniel Boone Trail
By Dean Cousino
Curtis Penix has been spending a lot of time lately poring over maps of the forests and hinderlands of Kentucky and Tennessee. Starting Tuesday, the Monroe resident will set out on the the biggest trip of his life — the “Boone Trace Expedition 2015” — a 200-mile hike to retrace the footsteps his five-time great-grandfather, Joshua, took in 1779 to follow the trail blazed by Daniel Boone and his 30 “axemen” in March and April of 1775. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE
Lost in the Wander Interview
Students are invited to follow the progress of a hiker who is walking the Boone Trace trail into Kentucky just as his ancestor did 236 years ago. Curtis Penix’s “Boone Trace Expedition” will take him along a 200-mile path from Kingsport, Tennessee, to Fort Boonesborough, following in the footsteps of his fifth great-grandfather, Joshua Penix, who was 19 years old when he joined other settlers to establish Boonesborough as a permanent town. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE
Following the trail of ‘Ol’ Dan’l Boone
This Guy is About to Re-Trace Daniel Boone’s Steps for 200 Miles
Michigan native Curtis Penix is making plans to complete the entire Boone Trace beginning this March. Following in the footsteps of pioneer Daniel Boone, Penix will hike over 200 miles on his 16-day adventure…… READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE
Adventure Tourism: Hiker Ready to Follow in Daniel Boone’s Footsteps
Penix will begin his journey March 10 on Long Island in the Holston River near Kingsport, Tennessee. This is the same site where Boone’s party left in March 1775. Some of the original route blazed by Boone’s party is no longer available due to development. By partnering with local organizations, including the Friends of the Boone Trace, Penix has been able to plan and identify the most historically accurate route for his hike.
He will be joined by Givan Fox in Martin’s Station, Virginia, and from there the two will travel together through the Cumberland Gap and on to Fort Boonesborough near Richmond, Kentucky. Givan Fox is the son of Dr. John Fox, who serves as president of the Friends of Boone Trace.
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Hiker to Trace Steps of Daniel Boone starting March 10, 2015
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