Hikers take arduous journey to aid Afghan girls

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On May 31, nine hikers set off on a 200-mile journey with no food - only tea bags and canteens. They expected to finish their trek in 10 days.

The planned route runs the lengths of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal north of Cumberland, Md., and ends at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. The trip was mounted to raise money for National Geographic's Afghan Girls Fund, which was established to raise money to aid girls' education in Afghanistan.

A Web site, www.e-angel.net/slogblog, provides more information about the hike. It includes a map, comments by visitors to the site, and updates about the journey.