By NICHOLAS BLASKOWSKI
Capital News Service
LANSING – Chris Hillier of Taylor is on a hike of historic proportions. The former Army medic and current cardiovascular technologist said he’s logged more than 6,000 miles of hiking since 2011, mostly across Michigan. His new journey takes him from Belle Isle in Detroit to Ironwood, a Western Upper Peninsula city bordering Wisconsin. The 924-mile hike will make Taylor the first to tackle the trail route proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder last November. The plan, to be funded in part from the Natural Resource Trust Fund, would connect existing pathways – about 70 percent of the route – with new trails to showcase the state’s waterways, diverse forests and wildlife.