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Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail
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Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than $200. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, 67-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. And in September 1955, atop Maine's Mount Katahdin, she sang the first verse of ''America, the Beautiful'' and proclaimed, ''I said I'll do it, and I've done it.'' Grandma Gatewood, as the reporters called her,