Washington, D.C. logo
( May 13th, 1981 to May 14th, 1981 )

The route for Washington, D.C.
passed through or near:
  • Pennsylvania Avenue
  • The White House
  • The Washington Monument
  • The Capitol Building
  • Route information
Washington, D.C. map
Tom Floyd and Jim Kern organized the celebration in Washington, D.C.
Tom Floyd was the Chairman of the HikaNation Arrival Committee.
Maryland Congresswoman Beverly Byron and New York Congressman Mario Biaggi organized the ceremony at the Capitol.
Ben McGimsey was the Washington, D.C. Pathfinder.

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c&o canalAlmost there
May 13, 1981 -- Day 397

Still on the C&O Canal, but getting closer to Washington, D.C.


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baby cartThe Jiamie cart
May 13, 1981 -- Day 397

Designed and built by Bob Ronemus in Nevada, the baby cart was still going strong in DC.

Gayle, Gomer (pushing the cart), Howard, Janet, Rob, and Jiamie is in the cart somewhere.


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bannerBanners and Flags
May 13, 1981 -- Day 397

State flags and various banners were the order of the day.

Mike Halm, Janet Hartowicz-Parsons and Keith Wright


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parade1Washington, D.C. parade
May 13, 1981 -- Day 397

Down Pennsylvania Avenue (??), on the road and sidewalks, to the White House, Washington Monument, and then to the Capitol.


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the white houseThe White House
May 13, 1981 -- Day 397

William Ewart testing the fence.


Backpackers Finish Hike Across the Nation
by Bernie Boston, The Washington Star



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washington monumentThe Washington Monument
May 13, 1981 -- Day 397


West Plains hiker at the Washington Monument
by unknown



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washington monumentThe Washington Monument
May 13, 1981 -- Day 397




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robRob Burns, "University of The Open Road"
May 13, 1981 -- Day 397

After we reached the Washington Monument, we waited for an hour or more until hiking on to the Capitol and "the ceremonies".


A 14-year-old cross-country hiker's journal:
many peaks and valleys
by Alan Cline, S.F. Sunday Examiner & Chronicle



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waitingWalking Bob, waiting
May 13, 1981 -- Day 397

Still waiting for the ok to hike to the Capitol.


Last Tired Leg Of a 4,500-Mile Hike
by Kerry Dougherty, Washington Post



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leaving wmonumentLeaving the Washington Monument area
May 13, 1981 -- Day 397

En masse exit; onward to the Capitol.


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on to the CapitolOn to the Capitol
May 13, 1981 -- Day 397




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the capitalThe Capitol
May 13, 1981 -- Day 397

& so the ragtag group finally made it to the Capitol.


California Hikers Get to Washington
by John Fogarty, Chronicle Washington Bureau



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flag certificateMay 13, 1981 -- Day 397flag certificate


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speechesSpeeches & more speeches
May 13, 1981 -- Day 397

Apparently William Kemsley read a letter from President Reagan,
but I have no memory of that.


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mom & dadSURPRISE !!!!
May 13, 1981 -- Day 397

Totally unexpected, Mom & Dad raced up from Georgia to meet me in Washington, D.C. for the ceremonies and later banquet. Dad joined us before reaching the Capitol and carried my pack for a while !!!! Tim Geoghegan, on the right, was the first to spot my parents and alerted me that they were in the crowd.


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congressmanMeeting with a Georgia Congressman
May 13, 1981 -- Day 397

Since the goal of the hike was to promote the creation of more hiking trails, the American Hiking Society arranged for meetings with various congressman so we could push for the passage of certain bills.

....on to Maryland (again)


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