An adventure is underway for a 2,180 mile hike on the Appalachian Trail. The six-month hike begins in Georgia and ends in Maine (God willing). Trail names are given for thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail so here is some information about Mike “Chief” and Tina “Toad”.
Chief retired after a 26-year career from the Shelby, Ohio Police Department. Having begun as a patrol officer, he worked his way to detective, captain, and eventually chief for the last eight years of his career. Chief was also actively involved as a S.W.A.T. officer and assisted the U.S. Marshal Service on the Violent Fugitive Task Force. He is currently a special deputy with the Richland County Sheriff’s Office and an instructor at North Central State College Police Academy. An avid runner, Chief has completed several marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2006, 2007, and 2009.
Toad recently retired as a school district financial officer in Ohio, having served at Crestview Schools for nearly 18 years and Lexington Schools for 2 1/2 years. She also worked at Shelby City Schools for five years. Completing one marathon was enough for this accountant so it’s time to try something else.
They are often asked if they have done much hiking to take on a trek of 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail. The answer is — no! So how did Chief and Toad come up with this plan? Let’s just say part bucket-list, part craziness. They are totally trusting God to get them through and in one piece!
Chief and Toad are Christ-followers and have been married for 34 years. They are blessed to be the parents of two daughters and sons-in-law, Brittany & Mike, and Breanne & Eric, and have three amazing grandchildren. Chief and Toad are grateful to the many family and friends who are supporting them in the preparation and implementation of this adventure.
The scripture for this hike is from Isaiah 40:31 (NIV),
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.