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Nimblewill Nomad (aka M.J. Eberhart) was headed through the Paul Bunyan Forest Wednesday on his cross country journey via the North Country Trail. His message to those considering embarking on a pedestrian expedition: Do it now; there may not be a later. (Submitted photo)

Nimblewill Nomad on hike along North Country National Scenic Trail

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Nimblewill Nomad, a 70-years-young long-distance hiker, arrived in Hubbard County Monday as part of his quest to hike the nation's longest hiking route, the North Country National Scenic Trail.

M.J. Eberhart departed from Lake Sakakawea State Park in North Dakota March 23 - surviving two blizzards and frostbitten cheeks on the initial stage of his journey.

"But it didn't hurt my looks," the wizened hiker joked.

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