M Peace Pilgrim: Minimalist Trekker for World Peace

by Jeremy Pendrey

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In 1952, Mildred Norman Ryder became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail in one season. The trek completed a fifteen-year process during which Ryder had intentionally transformed herself from a middle class homemaker to a virtually penniless promoter of peace. Completing her transformation also marked a beginning. Thereafter, she called herself "Peace Pilgrim," and for the next twenty-eight years, until her death, she wandered North America on foot on a pilgrimage for world peace, carrying her only possessions in her pockets.

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