After 17 years and tribulations, Lancaster County couple finish AppalachianTrail at age 74,75

Four million steps, a mountain rescue for a broken hip, breast cancer and a broken fibula later, Ernie and Lois Hess have realized their dream to hike the famed Appalachian Trail by the time they were 75. The 17-year itch began inconspicuously enough in the summer of 1965 when the pair from West …