BANGOR – One man fought against all odds to complete his journey along the Appalachian Trail. Family members surprised the hiker in Bangor today to congratulate him on his accomplishment.
For five years, Ron Kulikowsky’s been overcoming obstacles to complete the trail. During that time, one thought’s been pushing him through.
“Finish what I started, and you know, finish well,” said Kulikowsky.
Kulikowsky stepped off the trail in 2012 after completing 2,000 miles. A year later, while boarding a bus in seattle, he was randomly attacked and stabbed multiple times. He lost a chunk of one lung and some of his eye sight as a result.
“Every time in physical therapy, no matter what was going on I was just like ‘I got to do it, I got to finish the trail’. I want to see why they decided to put a trail through there, just to kind of see what there was to see, and that’s what kept me going,” said Kulikowsky.
Kulikowsky summited Mount Katahdin on Monday evening. Today he came to Bangor expecting to fly back home. Instead, his mom and sister where there to surprise him.
“We haven’t seen him in three and a half years and he just deserves recognition and he deserves to hopefully let people know out there that you can’t give up,” said sister Roxane Pagliaroli.