If you see two unfamiliar guys on the Centre College campus this fall, you might mistake them for Tom Hanks' character in Cast Away or Forrest Gump during his run across America. But no movie sequels are being filmed at Centre: those faces belong to juniors Rob Kinzel and Mark Mallman.
The duo recently completed a five-month, 2,168-mile hike of the Appalachian Trail.
Kinzel and Mallman took the spring term off to begin their journey March 2 at Springer Mountain in Georgia. They completed their hike separately in August and returned a little thinner, with longer hair, beards and changed perspectives.
Kinzel, a biology major from Shamong, N.J., completed the expedition Aug. 2 at Katahdin Mountain in Maine. Mallman, an English major from Franklin, Tenn., completed the trail Aug. 13.
They and a friend of Mallman's, Erich Graeflin, hiked the trail together until May 15. Mallman and Graeflin fell behind to attend "Trail Days" in Damascus, Va., but Kinzel continued.