Maximilian "Wild Thing" Armstrong has a penchant for adventure. He's backpacked Canada, hitchhiked America, motorbiked Vietnam, and spent a winter in the Alaskan Arctic. His current expedition is thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail.
The thumb. It's the symbol of human ingenuity and adventure; a digit worth its weight in bus fare. The hitchhiker is an icon as
Several minutes into the notch, I slip.
My foot slides a few inches down the moss-slick rock before the tread of my shoe catches again, just