Florida man, 75, takes 400-mile hike through Spain
By Timothy Fanning Staff Writer
Posted at 1:00 PM
Doug Logan, a Vietnam veteran with two bronze stars, who went on to promote concerts for the Rolling Stones, is lacing his boots and strapping on a ruck sack. Again.
SARASOTA — Doug Logan is a wanderer. Folks around here call him “the Siesta Key Guy” or the “unofficial mayor of Midnight Pass Road.” He’s out there every day. Sometimes with a hiking backpack stuffed with bags of kitty litter. Other times he’s wearing a Santa hat or a Halloween mask. It all depends.
Call him whatever you want. Don’t call him retired.
“Napoleon retired at Waterloo; he gave up and became a snowbird on the island of Elba. I don’t want to be the Napoleon of Siesta Key,” said Logan, 75, pushing through one of his last 10-mile hikes from his home on Siesta Key to a cafe on St. Armands Circle for a cappuccino and a chocolate macaron.
Logan’s been training for the last two and a half months. He’s preparing for something big.
Doug Logan on previous Camino treks
On April 30, he’ll check his 30-pound backpack, hiking boots and a cutout photo of Chloe, his 2-year-old granddaughter, and board a plane for Lisbon, Portugal.
Logan’s not going to wander the Torre de Belém, stuff himself with Bacalhau à Brás or wash it down with a glass of Ginjinha.
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Logan is a Vietnam survivor with two Bronze Stars, who went on to promote concerts for the likes of U2, Michael Jackson and the Rolling Stones, and then, for a time, book performances at the Van Wezel.
So why is the 75-year-old lacing up hiking boots and strapping on a rucksack to set off again?
“I’m at page 500 of a 600-page book,” said Logan. “The other attempts were to flip through the first 500 pages of my life.”
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In 1964, during his senior year at Manhattan College, Logan was drafted into the military. Then, in 1966, came a year of lying in the mud with the 101st airborne, getting shot at in the mountains, jungles and rice paddies of central Vietnam.
In 1980, Logan married his wife, Ann. Son Carter came in 1982, then Phil two years later.
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I believe that Doug is a member of the Class of 1965
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
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