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History buff soldiers on

Reenactor wants to see the Henry Knox Trail designated an historic trail

Dave Fagerberg, 64, of Kansas City, has been walking the 300-mile Col. Henry Knox Trail in Revolutionary War garb to promote the historic path.

Dave Fagerberg, 64, of Kansas City, has been walking the 300-mile Col. Henry Knox Trail in Revolutionary War garb to promote the historic path.

— “Every day is a new adventure,” Fagerberg said.

Since he’s wearing a full uniform, many people have stopped him along who are either already aware of the Knox Trail or just wondering what he’s doing. Most of the trail is on concrete, so Fagerberg can often be seen walking on major roads.

“You see everything. It was very pretty coming down Lake George, various views of mountains, the lake. You almost feel like you’re back in the 18th century,” Fagerberg said. “Then there’s other times, when I was walking on Route 9, people whizzing by at 50 miles per hour. I’m just trying to stay safe on the side of the road.”

In mid-August, Fagerberg made his way through Colonie, where there are two Knox Trail markers, one at the Troy Landscaping Co. on Route 9 and the second on the side of the Masonic Lodge building on Old Loudon Road.

While Fagerberg said he’ll stop every three miles to sit down and relax his legs, one of his main priorities is taking care of his feet.

“If you get blisters, you get miserable. I’ve just had so much experience doing it in the past years, I know where I can get blisters, so I take care with preventative maintenance,” Fagerberg said.

Fagerberg tries to be prepared for other natural conditions, too. With the summer’s heavy downpours, Fagerberg said he has an oil cloth shirt, which is “correct 18th century style” clothing, which he uses to cover up with if it gets too wet. If it starts to thunder and lightning, he usually heads to the car until it stops.

“The heat and humidity can be really miserable at times. Coming down from Lake George, it was really hot and raining. I had to go up and over a mountain,” Fagerberg said, adding that he has three different outfits that he can wash and rotate in order to stay clean. “I did fewer miles because I didn’t feel good, but I wasn’t going to stop. It’s almost a job. I owe it to what I’m trying to do to get out there and put in the miles.”

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