'Bill Irwin'. In 1990 fighting rain, sleet, ice and snow, this man became the first and only Blind Person to do a thru hike. Today we were privileged to have an early dinner with Debra Irwin and her famous Husband Bill. Bill was accompanied by his dog, Colby.
I have mentioned that AT Hikers pick up nicknames either their choosing or someone elses if they don't. Sherry and I are know as the 'Overland Hermits'. At the time Bill hiked the trail he was accompanied by his German Shepherd, 'Orient'. They became know as the 'Orient Express'.
By Bills own testimony he did not set out for fame. But when the media learned a 'Blind Man' was going to attempt a thru hike, he became international news.
Here we are after the meal. Bill and his beautiful wife Debra were like dear friends. The conversation was good and the company very enjoyable.