Which One of These is Not Like the Other?

Recall the Gell Mann Amnesia effect and keep it in mind. Over the years, beginning in the 1960’s I hiked sections of the Appalachian Trail. For those unfamiliar with it, the trail stretches 2180 miles from Maine to Georgia. Each year a small percentage of hikers try to the entire trail. Jonathan Wooddy’s experience is fairly typical. He reported losing 45 pounds during his thru hike.

Appalachian Trail, 2180
Jonathan Wooddy, Appalachian Trail thru hiker, before and after 45 pound weight loss.

Here is a map of Central America. The journey from Honduras to Texas is approximately 2059 miles, about 130 miles less than the Appalachian Trail.

Approximately 2059 miles from Honduras to Texas

Here is a picture of a Central America to Texas thru-hiker.

So much for the starving…

Remember the motto of two greatest investigators ever. Which one of these things aren’t like the other?