The LOT is a LOT of hiking, a LOT of trail, and a LOT of fun.
Below is a brief overview of the trails being used. Individual pages, listed in the menu on the left, will give more detail on each section. Beginning from North to South:
Red - *1* The Hoosier Trail of Indiana (new trail deisgn with Manual) This is 420 miles from Chicago to Louisville, KY.
Orange - *2* The Kentucky Connection (a road system to cross Kentucky from Louisville to the Daniel Boone National Forest). About 175 miles.
Blue - *3* The Sheltowee Trace (a wildeness trail that runs from north eastern Kentucky into Northern Tennessee through the Daniel Boone Nat. For.) 300 miles
Green - *4* The Tennessee Connector (another road and trail system across TN to the Bartram Trail using a portion of the Appalachian Trail)
Black - *5* The Bartram Trail (a wilderness trail through North Carolina, Georgia and into South Carolina)
Yellow - *6* The Palmetto Trail (a mix of wilderness and roads to cross SC from the mountains to the Atlantic Ocean). 472 miles
Red - *7* The Foothills Trail (a wilderness alternative to the beginning of the Palmetto Trail's road walk to Table Rock State Park). 78 miles
Brown - *8* The Mountains-to-Sea Trail (an alternate route to the ocean at the Outer Banks. It's a mix of wilderness, greenways, roads and beach). 1,000 miles
The official route is legs 1-6. Alternative legs are 7-8. I will be calling these "legs" because each leg will be divided into sections that will be within reasonable distances for good resupply points. The Manuals that are available now are the Palmetto Trail, Sheltowee Trace and the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. I will be writting the Manuals for the rest of them as fast as I can to try and have them ready for mid 2014. Each time I finish a new Manual I will be letting everybody know on Facebook and on here. Look me up on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/#!/scot.ward.10). Send me a friend request to follow along with the progress and read some of the stories of my adventure while I hiked the route from June 9, 2012 to November 22, 2013.
I will be adding more pictures of the LOT soon. Here are some of Chicago to start.