Backpacker Magazine added a small blurb in the most recent September 2018 issue to post a few reactions to the main article on the GPT from the June issue. Here it is in it’s entirety. I welcome your comments.
If it’s ever finished, the Great Plains Trail will be nothing like our country’s other long paths; it cuts across the rolling plains of Middle America rather than vast western mountains or dense eastern forests. As we found out when we shared our profile of trail pioneer Steve Myers (“Walking to the Horizon,” June 2018), that kind of scenery appeals to some backpackers more than others. “Every state in this county has its own type of beauty,” Jessica Hubbard wrote on Facebook. Phillip Stretch Baker was less enthused. “I’ve driven through flyover states and don’t see the incentive to hike there,” he said. “You walk miles to see the same thing you saw at the start of the day.” But Anne P. O’Brien who was getting ready for a season in the Appalachian Trail’s “green tunnel,” saw a new opportunity: “Seeing an entire dark sky full of stars would be a welcome change.”