The 2,000-plus-mile trail winds through 14 states, stretching along the east coast of the United States, from Georgia to Maine. It snakes through some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in North America, as well as through some of its most poverty-stricken and primitive backwoods areas.
With his offbeat sensibility, his eye for the absurd, and his laugh-out-loud sense of humour, Bryson recounts his confrontations with nature at its most uncompromising over his five-month journey.
This book is laugh out loud funny!
This is an adventure of a guy and his notion to discover and hike the whole Appalachian Trail beginning to end. This book is for anyone who hikes, has hiked or knows about hiking and the grand notions of discovering a trail you haven’t conquered yet.
Every hiker has ideas of what goes into the backpack and what are the staple meal items you pack for ease and weight in transport. You will not be bored by some of the meal conundrums that befall these two characters and what they have to eat or not eat, what is considered too much weight and what is considered sacred especially climbing mountain ridges with all the weight of your pack on your back.
Some of the funniest moments come from the secondary character in the book who is an alcoholic and is looking to dry out and going through his own emotional roller coaster, separate but also at the same time as one who is on a private emotional roller coaster that comes from within while climbing and working towards your next goal along the trail.
This book was very easy to identify with. I laughed so hard at times that my husband decided that he needed to read the book to find out what was so funny. Great anecdotes, funny stories, tough internal transformations and all with a lighthearted view of adventure.
I give this book a 5 star rating.