Rodney “Mad Dog” Mangum retired and thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail last summer.
“Walking this trail has been a life goal for me,” said Mangum, 57, of Arden. “I’ve been around this beautiful area and the Smokies and was just fascinated by it. So I said, ‘By golly, one day I’m going to walk that thing.'”
In about eight years I expect to complete the same goal. My plans closely parallel what he did. In fact, they’re similar right down to the fact that we both have school teacher wives.
But there’s one big difference between us. Mangum says his favorite trail food was Oreo cookies.