Mission Incredible - And she’s off

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Phyllis Sheffer and Betty Jo Sneed


The Moultrie News is excited to offer readers our first blogger, Phyllis Sheffer. She is a Mount Pleasant resident who is heading for the Appalachian Trail on Saturday.

Tagging along with her is a friend and professional photographer, Terry Jackson. Between the two of them, their journey will be posted for all to see on our blog Mission Incredible, found at www.moultrienews.com.

In 1981, Bill Sheffer proposed to Phyllis while they hiked a section of the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee. They were married at their weekend home in Gatlinburg less than a year later and always talked about hiking the entire Appalachian Trail together when they retired. But that was not to be.

In April, Bill was diagnosed with a killer form of cancer and 17 days later he died from complications.

Phyllis , who does have long distance hiking expereince, has spent the past few years working with local organizations to help raise money for those in need and a few months ago she decided it was time for a new adventure. She leaves this week to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine and at 61 years young, she knows it is going to be a challenge.

“I am dedicating my hike to my wonderful husband Bill and he will be cheering me on from heaven. A friend who has hiked the trail four times keeps telling me, ‘enjoy the journey!’”

A celebration party was held last week at O’Brion’s in I’On to wish her well.

Phyllis will be sharing her adventures by posting photos, videos and blogs on Mission Incredible, a blog hosted by The Moultrie News.

She will be accompanied by Retread (Terry Jackson) who is her hiking partner. “Terry, his wife Patsy and I have been friends for more than 16 years and Patsy will be meeting us along the way during our six-month hike from Springer Mountain Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine,” she explained.

Check out Terry’s work at www.terryjacksonphotography.com. Phyllis’ trail name is SAYBAK (see all you b-----s at Katahdin). Follow them and check out the great photos at www.moultrienews.com, click on community and then “Mission Incredible.”

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