Illustrated Maps – Tough Girl on the Appalachian Trail

Sarah Williams  the host of the Tough Girl Challenges podcast is walking the Appalachian Trail in 100 days, this is my illustrated map documenting her journey over the next 100 days from the 3/6/17.

14/6/17  Sarah has passed into North Carolina, and is eating up the miles, having made 200 miles at last update.



Update 10/7/17 – Sarah is now in Virginia, 712 miles down and has reached the famous McAfee Knob. She’s looking strong, and positive.


Update 16/08/17 I’ve been on holiday, and since my last update Sarah has smashed through 5 more states of the Appalachian Trail, she’s had some tough times through Virginia, but in true ‘tough girl’ style is cracking through the miles, and at last update she’d reached 1500 miles! Well done Sarah.


Update On the 3rd of September Sarah reached 2000 miles on the Appalachian Trail, an incredible achievement.

Tough girl update 7th Sept

Katahdin Day!!!!

10/09/2017 – 100 Days, 2200 miles, Sarah Williams smashed it.  There was no way Sarah was not going to make her challenge, such determination and grit.

100 Days, 2200 Miles!!!!

Finished Tough Girl ReColoured Scan

Please go and listen to Sarah’s wonderful, inspiring Tough Girl Podcast . Sarah interviews incredible women of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, achieving amazing things.

If you’d like you’re own journey or adventure illustrating please check out my listing on Etsy for a bespoke illustrated map.

Tough Girl map screen



21 thoughts on “Illustrated Maps – Tough Girl on the Appalachian Trail

  1. Awesome. There is one lady that I know of from my hometown of Cookeville TN that walked the entire trail. Her story was eye opening to say the least. Thanks for sharing your art.

    1. Thank you. It looks like an amazing trail. You can see more of Sarah’s journey on You Tube, if you search for Sarah Williams.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it Linda. I urge you to go listen to Sarah’s podcast, full of inspiring women achieving amazing things.

      1. There’s a link at the top of the page. Or Google Tough Girl Challenges Podcast. Well worth a listen, so many inspiring women interviewed.

    1. Most definitely tough, check out Sarah’s You Tube channel to see how she got on (search for Sarah Williams) and thank you.

  2. I followed Sarah’s daily vlogs on her 100 day Appalachian challenge. Your illustrated map is very unique and captures some of the emotional highlights of the journey with many tiny little details and memories hidden throughout. A wonderful momento of an inspiring challenge fulfilled by a truly Tough Girl.

    1. Thanks Eileen. I also enjoyed the vlogs, looking forward to seeing the last few. I’m glad that comes across, she certainly is Tough, incredible determination to succeed.

  3. Happened upon your blog and will say that, if I were younger, I would be right there with you. But… alas, I will have to settle for living vicariously through your writings.

  4. Wow! A story in beautiful picture and words. I miss traveling back in university.
    I started a page for people to share their stories through arts and words while promoting artists and writers. It gives people a way to express their emotions, stories and journey with the world. It’s a community.

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