Joe on “THE TODAY SHOW” Nov 10th


Dear friends,

A new development has come into my life that I wanted to share with you. I am going to be on the Today Show on Wednesday, November 10! I will be the guest on a short taped segment called “Your Life Calling with Jane Pauley,” airing between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. I’ve been told that the chances are good it will be aired in a tighter window of time between 8:30 and 8:45, but live TV can be tricky. They have already changed the date once on me. “Your Life Calling” is sponsored by AARP and features people older than 50 who are re-inventing their lives. Hiking the Appalachian Trail certainly did this for me! After the show airs, a longer version will be posted on the AARP website, Additionally, at noon on November 10, I will be joining Jane Pauley and a representative of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy for a “Live Chat” on You can log into this website and join in the on-line conversation if you like. Everybody wants to know how the Today Show found out about me. It was through one of my former students at my old school, NCSSM, that it all happened. I hope you are able to catch the show and join me for the chat on the internet.

All my best,

Braid, AKA Joe Liles

New website for Joe Liles’ art


Joe, with the help of his son, has created a new website for his artwork.

Check it out at

Flight home map


Just added a fun map of Joe’s flight home (data from, courtesy of Dan & Elizabeth Page (NCSSM ’82), who flew up to fetch Joe back to North Carolina. Joe has already been spotted hobbling the halls of NCSSM on sore legs, seeing old friends. His final Trail Report will be up soon.

Its Summit Day on Mt. Katahdin!


The weather is partly cloudy with barely any chance of rain up on Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park today. Stay tuned for news of Joe completing his epic 2,178-ish mile journey up the Appalachian Trail.

You know what they need up there…a Katahdin-Cam that updates to the internet.

Final days on the trail


A quick entry here to note that Joe should summit Katahdin tomorrow!

Elizabeth (NCSSM ’82) and Dan Page are preparing today in Cary to fly their plane up to Millinocket, Maine, and wait for Joe to appear out of the wilderness and welcome him back to civilization. Joe has asked to fly over some particular points of the Trail on the way home, so we can expect to see some nifty aerial images in a week or so.

Meanwhile, in Durham, Joe’s next-door neighbors the Scovilles have created a Welcome Back poster and placed it on his front door. They’re asking anyone in the area to come by in the next day or so and sign it.

Instructions: Go up to his front door, and open the storm door. You’ll see the poster on the inside of the door. You can latch the door open while you’re there to make it easier to work. Choose a marker from the box on the stoop and write a message, a drawing, or your name on the poster. Return the marker to the box. (His housesitter is aware that people will be doing this, and has agreed to leave the front porch light on so you can come by even when it’s dark.) Before Joe returns, the poster will be turned around so it will be visible through the door.

Contact me if you need the address.