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Blind Man & Dog Make It To Jockey's Ridge; Hikes Across North Carolina

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A man who lost his eyesight eight years ago has now hiked across the state, from Clingman's Dome to Jockey's Ridge on the Outer Banks.

Trevor Thomas and his dog, Tennille, finished the journey late Saturday morning with the two of them running the last 900 feet to the top of the giant dune.

He started the 1,000 mile trek in April at Clingman's Dome.

Ten days ago the 44-year-old hiker crossed the Neuse River from Pamlico County hiked through the Croatan National Forest.

In 2008, his website says Thomas became the first blind person to complete, unassisted a hike of the Appalachian Trail, which is a 2175 mile journey.


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A blind man from Charlotte is now on his final leg of a journey hiking across North Carolina.

Trevor Thomas lost his eyesight in 2005 and has since learned to function as a blind person, using a cane and relying on his dog to help him get around.

Thomas, who goes by the nickname "Zero-Zero", which is his eyesight, is being assisted on this journey with his black Lab, "Tennille". He started the 1,000 mile trek in April at Clingman's Dome and hopes to soon end at Jockey's Ridge on the Outer Banks.

Thursday morning, the 44-year-old hiker crossed the Neuse River from Pamlico County and will be hiking through the Croatan National Forest.

In 2008, his website says Thomas became the first blind person to complete, unassisted a hike of the Appalachian Trail, which is a 2175 mile journey.

Thomas got "Tennille" just ten months ago from Guide Dogs for the Blind. Since then he's conditioned her to walk from three miles a day to 18 miles a day.


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