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Profile: KrispyKritter
By Ken Anderson
Sep 27, 2004 - 4:15:00 PM

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KrispyKritter, also known as Wayne Petrovich is from a part of Florida that has been hit by three hurricanes so far this season. While it sustained some damage from the first two storms, Wayne hasn't seen it, since he's been on the trail since March 15th.
On the AT, Wayne Petrovich is known as KrispyKritter.

KrispyKritter came into the Magic City Morning Star & Hard Drive Cafe on September 27th, having summited on the 24th.

During the 2,174 mile trek, he slept mostly in shelters, hostels, hotels, and homes, although he did spend some nights in his tent.

His favorite part of the Appalachian Trail was all of New England. Not only was the geography spectacular, but the people he met along the way were very friendly, rivaling the southern hospitality he was used to, being from the south. The mountains of the part of the trail leading through New England were beautiful, especially the Frankonia Ridge, the Whites, the Presidential Range, and the 100 Mile Wilderness in Maine.

The worst part of the trip was being on the trail knowing that his wife was at home in Florida with the hurricanes. At one point, he almost got off the trail because of this concern, but his wife persuaded him to continue.

"You're almost there," she told him. "There's nothing you can do."

Other than this concern, KrispyKritter said that there was no point in which he even considered quitting.

"I'd recommend it to anybody," he said. "It's an experience you'll always remember."

He said of the other hikers he met along the way, that there were very few who were in their thirties or forties. Rather, they were divided into two groups: the young and the old. People in their thirties and forties are not generally in financial or home situation that allows them the freedom to get away for months at a time.

KrispyKritter said that this was his first AT thru-hike, although he had done some section hiking, and backpacking. He doesn't think he'll do it again, however, because it wouldn't be fair to his wife for him to be away for so long at a time again.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail, he said that he developed one-word descriptions for the states he went through. The word for Maine was "roots." Vermont was "mud," thinking of the state as "Vermud." Massachusetts was "mosquitoes." Pennsylvania was "rocks," Virginia was "rain," and the word for Georgia was "pud," meaning "pointless ups and downs."

Asked what the people of Millinocket might do to be more hiker friendly, he said that it would be helpful if someone would develop an information packet showing the location and availability of hotels, motels, restaurants, banks, ATMs, laundromats, drugstores, places where they could get a haircut, and other things that someone who has been away for months might need.

Also, he said that a shuttle from Baxter State Park to Millinocket would be helpful.

"Everyone in Millinocket has been very friendly," he said, specifically naming Debbie at the Appalachian Trail Cafe, the people at the Moose Shed, and the Trading Post.

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