Mark Nienstaedt

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About me

Gender Male
Industry Education
Occupation Teacher
Location Rhinelander, Wisconsin, United States
Introduction Inspired by Selma Lagerlöf’s Gösta Behrling Saga, Mark has been drawn to discovering “the way people become by living out in the world.” Over two decades, Mark has put 80,000 bicycle traveling miles behind him on four continents and off shore has pedaled Iceland, the Faroe, and Shetland Islands. Mark began walking in 2002 “thru hiking” the 3,450 kilometer Appalachian Trail across 14 eastern seaboard American states from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Mt. Katahdin, Maine. By today, Mark’s long trail adventures include the California John Muir Trail, the Vermont Long Trail, and the Arkansan Ozark Highlands Trail. Mark walked 900 kilometers on the Camino Francès pilgrim route across Northern Spain into Santiago de Compostela in 2007 and in this “Holy Year” 2010 Mark has completed the Via de la Plata from Seville to Santiago. Mark is a former lawyer and a teacher. In winter, Mark skis with enthusiasm. Mark worked as a volunteer at the Soldier Hollow Nordic skiing venue of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games. He has written articles for Cross Country Skier and Master Skier magazines. Friend Mark on Facebook or contact him by email through this BlogSpot.
Interests Bicycle traveling, Long Trail Hiking, Silent Outdoor Endurance Sports generally.
Favorite Movies Foreign Movies generally, e.g., Pelle the Conqueror.
Favorite Music Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, classical music, "World Cafe" ecclectic variety.
Favorite Books Growth of the Soil, Knut Hamsun; Anything by Sigrid Undset.