Eventually the ruggedness of New Hampshire give way to the splendor of Maine and its many lakes. The high, difficult mountain climbs fade into rolling ridges and plains with lakes everywhere. Nearing the end of the hike Mt. Katahdin rises above the ridges, refusing to be ignored. The rocky monolith sets herself apart from other mountains in Maine, denying any equal.  On September 24, 2005 they were joined by their wives and daughter/sister Jessica in Baxter State Park in norther Maine to complete the last 4.2 miles of this incredible journey. After 4 1/2 million steps on the Appalachian Trail they would finally reach that last summit and place their hands on the long awaited sign that marks the northern terminus of "The Peoples Trail".

On to Maine


Three years later father and son were able to resume their hike with Betsy accompanying them for the first 10 days. They gave her the trail name of Chocolat'for her love of chocolate. Mark discovered that there were 3 other McGuyvers on the trail in 2005, so he changed his name to Godspeed. He knew that his wife, Wendy was wishing them Godspeed on their hike to Maine. They soon got their trail legs back and were moving north finishing the 4th state, leaving 10 more to go. The trail winds its way over 536 miles through Virginia and then quickly traverses West Virginia and Maryland. Next comes 230 miles through Pennsylvania and then New Jersey and New York.

A Life Defining Journey on the Appalachian Trail

The Northeast

Finally,comes the northeast and the return of the true mountains. The Berkshires of Connecticut and Massachusetts AND cooler weather. The temps were unusually hot that year. An old timer in Mass. said they usually have 2-3 days over 90 degrees and they were at #16 and counting! The last 3 states are Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. 2005 was the year of the hurricanes, or so it seemed. They experienced the remnants of 3 different storms that summer. Hurricane Katrina forced them off the trail and into a motel for 3 days. Back on the trail again they were still blown around by 80 mph winds