By Howard Meyerson
John D Rockefeller, the American industrialist once said: “I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.”
He might have been talking about 23-year-old Luke “Strider” Jordan, the good-natured Minnesota hiker now walking the entire 4,600 mile North Country National Scenic Trail.
Jordan set out from North Dakota in March and endured six-weeks of unseasonably deep snow, hiking on snowshoes. There were days he woke and found his tent, shoes, food and water frozen.
Jordan set off on his six-and-a-half month trek as a sort of personal pilgrimage, needing to clear his head after graduating college with a degree in ecology and natural resources.
He didn’t expect to suffer heat exhaustion in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, or be ravaged by record-high mosquito populations in those north woods. He never…
View original post 762 more words