KULPMONT — Standing at one of the most photographed spots along the Appalachian Trail, Walt Lutz knew it was a photo he couldn’t pass up. When someone offered to take his picture at McAfee Knob, Virginia, they encouraged him to get a little closer to the edge. “No, no, no,” he said. “That’s as good as it gets. It’s 1,300 feet straight down.”

The stories from the trail elicit a laugh from the 70-year-old Lutz, who this week capped his 1,000 mile journey to honor those lost in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. His experience at the knob, just north of Roanoke, was just one of many interesting stories he relishes from his months-long experience.

Chris Brady is managing editor at The Standard-Journal and can be reached at chris@standard-journal.com.

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