Man following in footsteps of Boone, ancestor

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) – An eastern Kentucky man whose ancestor helped Daniel Boone blaze a trail through part of Appalachia is hiking along the same path.

Curtis Penix told media that his 5th great-grandfather, Joshua Penix, was among those who accompanied Boone on the trek to what is now Fort Boonesborough in central Kentucky.

Penix began his journey on March 10 near Kingsport, Tennessee. On Monday, he was in Martin’s Station, Virginia, where hiker Given Fox joined him for the trip that took them through Cumberland Gap. Now, they are walking along U.S. 25E in southeastern Kentucky and plan to arrive at Fort Boonesborough on March 26.

Penix says the hike is helping him connect with his family history.