On March 26, 2015, Curtis Penix and Givan Fox concluded their two week hike of the Boone Trace. Penix, an avid hiker decided to pursue the hike in memory of his 5X great grandfather Joshua Penix. His planning began months ago as he compiled information on the route taken by early settlers to Kentucky.
He was introduced to Neal Hammon, a historian who has done much work in defining the Trace, who in turn introduced him to John Fox, president of Friends of Boone Trace. Somewhere in the planning Fox’s son Givan decided to join in. Penix left Kingsport, TN on March 10. Fox joined in at Martin’s Station, In Ewing, Virginia six days later.
The two gathered much media attention as the hike continued and posted daily