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Husband, wife backpack 4,900 miles across U.S.

October 17, 2005

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— A husband-and-wife team reached the Pacific Ocean after a 4,900-mile cross-country hike, becoming the first to backpack the transcontinental American Discovery Trail in one continuous trek.

Marcia and Ken Powers started Feb. 27 at Cape Henlopen in Delaware. Nearly eight months later, they looked out over the Pacific Ocean at Point Reyes.

"We feel great. We're done," Marcia Powers said after reaching the ocean late Saturday afternoon, a day ahead of schedule. "We are a little bit sad that a great adventure is over. It was a fantastic adventure."

The couple from Pleasanton, Calif., traversed cities, desert, mountains and farmland as they crossed 13 states.

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