Solemates - Lessons on Life, Love & Marriage from the Appalachian Trail

Winner of the Coveted 2011 National Indie Excellence Book Award!

What happens when a middle-aged couple with no previous backpacking experience, decides to test their 14-year marriage and spend six months hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in one continuous hike? Will their motto of "Quitting is not an option" be a blessing or a curse? More

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About Randy Motz

Randy A. Motz could be considered a renaissance man. He has been an ASTM-certified heli-arc welder, a solar sunspace designer, carpenter, as well as general manager, and part owner, of one of the largest weighing equipment distributors in the U.S. He was a producer and marketing director for Gospel and Contemporary Christian Artists at a large Washington, D.C. recording studio and has several production credits to his name. In 2007 he released his own CD of Native American flute music entitled, "Windtalker - Native SoundScapes" and performs his unique style of music at festivals, state and national parks, wineries and coffeehouses. He is also president of The Qualtech Resource Group, Inc., a multi-media creation company, as well as the driving force behind Windtalker Music, a music production company. In his spare time he performs live sound production work for concerts, corporate, and civic events.

Co-writer Georgia L. Harris, holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, has scuba dived, raced sled dogs, helped pilot her family's house boat through the Intracoastal Waterway and up the Mississippi River to Minnesota, has a Masters Degree in Technical Management, and is a physical scientist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Working in the Division of Weights and Measures, her job of assuring the measurement standardization of mass, length, volume, and temperature has taken her to every state in the United States, as well as Puerto Rico, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. She is an avid photographer, a passion that served her well on her greatest adventure of all in 2006.

It was during that year that Randy and Georgia completed a continuous 2,175-mile hike of the Appalachian Trail, a life-changing, six-month-long trek from Georgia to Maine. Upon returning home, they turned their creative talents to writing about their amazing adventure from the perspective of what taking on such a challenge was like for a middle-aged married couple. The result is "Solemates - Lessons on Life, Love & Marriage from the Appalachian Trail."

In their second book, "The Walk - Reflections on Life & Faith from the Appalachian Trail," published in 2010, Randy and Georgia use stories of their hike, scriptural references, inspirational quotes and wisdom from Native Americans to draw the many parallels between "trail life" and "real life" spirituality.

They also produced a DVD entitled “Appalachian Trail Reflections,” a 50-minute photographic diary of the breathtaking sights along the trail complete with a soundtrack of natural sounds and original Native American flute music written and played by Randy.

Randy and Georgia, or "Windtalker & Mom," as they are known in backpacking circles, travel the U.S. making presentations about their Appalachian Trail thru-hike and giving motivational talks that urge people to pursue their dreams. "Dream It! Plan It! Live It," "The Joys of Backpacking as a Couple," "Spiritual Reflections from the Appalachian Trail," and "The Care and Feeding of the Long-Distance Hiker" are just a few of the presentations made at state and national parks, churches, scout troops and professional and civic organizations.


Valentines Day Interview
Here is an interview we gave on Valentines Day, at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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