Nelson County man attempting Appalachian Trail thru-hike

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SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A Nelson County man is in the middle of his first-ever attempt at thru-hiking the entire length of the Appalachian Trail.

Drew Perkins started the 2,192-mile journey in early February at Springer Mountain in Georgia. On Tuesday, he surpassed 900 miles on the trail.

He says this is something he's thought about for several years but the timing was right for 2019.

"It's going very well," said Perkins. "It's probably physically and mentally tougher than I expected but overall it's been fantastic."

So far, his hardest day on the trail was a cold, rainy one while hiking Dragon's Tooth not far from Roanoke.

"That was the first day that I thought that I could seriously get hurt out here," Perkins said. "But even then it was a good day, I enjoyed it."

Perkins plans on completing the trail in Maine sometime in July or August. He has no set timetable.

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