Nov. 25, 2021

Episode #298 - Gail Muller (Hot Mess Express)

Episode #298 - Gail Muller (Hot Mess Express)

Loving the bumps and scrapes on the Appalachian Trail

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This week's guest, Gail Muller, is another of those unlikely adventurers, whose story is a breathless tale of triumph against a debilitating illness and chronic pain. Gail reveled in the "normal" cuts, scrapes, bumps, and bruises of the Appalachian Trail, precisely because they weren't the chronic pain she'd been experiencing for 15 years. 

Returning home and basically housebound because of Covid, Gail wrote an inspiring tale about her journey to and on the trail. It is a love letter to the healing power of the wild outdoors and an incredible testament to the strength of the human spirit.

You can follow Gail in multiple places, listed below, as well as buy her book, "Unlost" on Amazon.

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Gail's links:

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This week's middle section starts a new season of aspiring thru-hikers. Each week, we'll chat with somebody who has chosen 2022 as the year that they will put their life on hold and head to that winding footpath along America's Appalachian Mountains. We'll meet them over the next few months, then follow them–in whichever direction they are heading–and hopefully meet them again at the end of their 2200-mile journey. This week's guest is Chuck Hayes, who is planning an extremely early start!

Finally, we have the first part of Chapter 15 in Winton Porter's "Passin Thru," where Winton feels the power of an earthquake before trying to set a personal best in a run up Blood Mountain.

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Chuck Hayes

Veteran Hiker

Chuck Hayes, and is a veteran of the United Sates military. During his four decades of service, he has served on every continent except Antarctica. After seeing so much of the world, he’s excited about seeing all of the these United States and what better way than through hiking! Join Chuck as he travels this great nation, see the incredible sights, meet great Americans, and talk to veterans along the way!

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Gail Muller


Gail Muller is a Cornish adventurer, writer and educator. She was told at 14 she’d need to use a wheelchair by the age of 40, but at 41 embarked on one of the world’s toughest treks over 6 months in the USA – The Appalachian Trail.

For fifteen years she struggled with muscular-skeletal issues, chronic pain and the mental health issues that arise from them, but she never gave up hope of healing and resolution. Her debut memoir 'Unlost' tells the tale - an inspiring, uplifting and moving account of one woman’s incredible journey into the unknown. A love letter to the healing power of the wild outdoors and an incredible testament to the strength of the human spirit, Gail’s story is for anyone who has ever felt stuck in a rut, lost or scared.

Gail has recently returned from the Continental Divide Trail and continues to hike, write and create opportunities that encourage everyone to get outdoors, no matter the barrier or fear.