Blind hiker passes through Unionville on 2,100-mile trek

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Imagine hiking along 2,100 miles of the Appalachian Trail without ever seeing the scenery, the faces of the locals, or even a map.

That's what Mike Hanson of Minneapolis is doing. He's blind, but that hasn't stopped him from making the stretch from Georgia to Maine.

News 12 Hudson Valley caught up with him in Unionville today, four months into his journey.

Hanson has been blind since infancy and says he is conquering the trek to prove that the visually impaired can do anything that anyone else can do.

"I hope it really raises awareness and improves my life and that of other people in similar situations to mine," he said.

Hanson?s inspirational journey is being captured by filmmaker Gary Steffens. The two hope to reach Maine by November.

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