In 2019 Daniel White biked the entire Underground Railroad Trail, a 2,000-mile journey which begins in Alabama and ends in Canada.
The trail roughly parallels the route traveled by African Americans who sought freedom from slavery in the early 19th century. White chose to explore the trail for himself, for his ancestors, and for the next generation.
Alabama to Canada on a bike. Part 4, days 13-15. Part four of my journey on the UGRR, from JP Coleman State Park in Iuka, MS to Waverley, TN.
Read more about White’s Underground Railroad trek at www.adventure-journal.com/2018/11/daniel-whites-ride-with-the-ancestors-along-the-underground-railroad.
Daniel White is an experienced outdoorsman who has hiked and biked several of the world’s most renown trails, including the Appalachian Trail and the Underground Railroad Trail. He grew up in Shiloh, Asheville’s historically African American community, and never hiked or camped as a young person.
After hearing about the Appalachian Trail, White began researching it in his spare time. He was so intrigued by the possibilities that he decided to just go for it, seeing how much he could knock off in two months. When those two months were up, he had gained a trail name, “The Blackalachian,” and decided to continue hiking the rest of the trail, some 2,200 miles.
“I know how therapeutic [it is] getting out in the world, seeing stuff, meeting people from different walks of life, and learning about new cultures. I know how good that can be and how healing it can be for this country, and just for people in general, so that’s why I encourage people to get outside, go try something different,” says White. “The world is huge—don’t get me wrong—but it’s a lot smaller than we think it is. I’m showing you I can just ride up the middle of it on a bike or I can walk up the eastern seaboard with my feet. I’m showing you this. So it’s like, even if you jump in a car, go somewhere, do something. If you’re saying the world is mine? The world is yours.”
Love and Light: The Blackalachian on the Trail
Get to know Daniel White, “The Blackalachian,” during MHU’s online presentation, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 7-8 p.m. Sign up to get the Zoom details. Go to www.mhu.edu/event/love-and-light-the-blackalachian-on-the-trail.