Unexpected Plan Change
Jane and Gerry made a great pair. They covered plenty of ground and helped each other. However, Jane ended up having a family emergency two months into the hike and had to quit. Though she begged, Gerry wanted to continue the trail and managed fine for three weeks.
Her Last Photograph
Gerry stayed at Poplar Ridge Shelter the night of July 21 and made friends with Dorothy Boynton Rust. The next morning, she woke up and realized she was 22 miles away from where she could see George again. That’s when Dorothy took a picture of her. About 7:15 a.m., she texted her husband to tell him she was leaving.