October 01, 2005
Katrina: Heading to Maine by Bike
An interesting story of relocating in the wake of Hurricane Katrina comes from the Caledonian- Record, in Vermont:
Travelers along Route 2 in the next couple days may spot Kurt and Betty Jo Norton who say they are survivors of Hurricane Katrina and evacuees from Biloxi, Miss.
The Nortons said they have been traveling for about a month, on foot and by bike, with their dog, Xena, and cat, Sam, trying to get to Bangor, Maine, where they have a vehicle in storage.
Hanging off the side of one of their bicycle-drawn carts is a large wooden sign that reads, "VIETNAM VET STRANDED, BROKE, WITH DOG AND CAT"...
Kurt said they set out on foot for Maine about 30 days ago on their two bikes, carrying the few things they were able to salvage from their home.
He said neither he nor his wife had any living family with the resources to take them all the way to Maine.
Betty Jo said someone gave them an old car in Kentucky, but it broke down not too long after and since then they've been toughing it out on foot.
A tip of the hat to Fritz, of Cyclelicious, for finding these!
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These folks have come through our area in Maine and made the local paper as they did in Vermont, there is nothing on them from other parts of the country as they made their way north. Does anyone know of any other documented sitings of them on their way?
Posted by: Wesley Babula | Oct 8, 2005 9:06:47 AM