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- Publisher: Delta Vee (August 29, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 29, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B075821TZ7
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John writes like I picture him riding, at a gentle trot. He punctuates his stories from the trail with stories of his childhood and some philosophical musings. The pace is steady, with time for reflection. He says it was work to spend time on the journey, to wile away hours when he or Gizmo weren’t moving. He sought after this kind of freedom, in solitude, in a disconnection from society. Nonetheless, he discovers he’s never alone. In the wilderness, he says, one is never alone. And, he always has Gizmo. Caring for Gizmo gives him purpose and teaches him how much Gizmo gives back. Just as the many people he encounters on the trip are mostly interested in Gizmo, so too, this book is a tribute to his faithful, stalwart companion. John’s book is entertaining and inspiring. It makes me want to take stock as he does, looking back and looking forward; what have I come from, where am I going, and who is with me? No matter the answer, the point is in the asking.
What happened in between is both inspiring and learning experience.
As soon as my Kindle said %80 completed I started to slow down my reading to about 25 wpm. I just didn't want it to end, much unlike John and Gizmo, who at that point, just wanted the ride to end. I can relate , after being on the A.T. for many months.
The book is really two books. One is his narration of events, people and places he and Gizmo travel thru. Some very interesting ones I might ad.
The other is the authors perspective on just "LIFE." I could relate to much of his insights and observations, as we are both the same age, + I grew up in Santa Barbara.
He 24 as he starts out in 1974. The Viet Nam war in winding down. Nixon is impeached. A gallon of gas costs about .40 cents a gallon.
He decided not to write this book shortly after his ride. It was too new, to much to digest and process. It took him 40 years, in his 60's to fully appreciate and understand the gravity of it all. I am glad he waited. The narration is rich with comparisons of an age where you had to go by actuall maps, pay phones, and people weren't absorbed with selfies. He then contrasts how much different 1974 is with 1934, to 2014 ... and you get the idea.
Both John and his horse are a very good match. They both are curious creatures, and allow the ride to be that much more 3-dimensional.
I can relate to John in so many ways. If you're reading this John.. thank you for several nights alone in my bed, reading your stories, as I was right behind you. Cheers !!! David C Miller
What I enjoyed most, though, was the respect the writer showed for people and animals, giving them the dignity they deserve. He admitted to shedding tears at times for some of the living creatures who crossed his path and met their end.
His writing reminded me of James Herriot, who in his books, likewise showed respect for both the people and the animals he encountered.
I also appreciated that the writer did not include details on sexual encounters and swear words were minimal.
Anyone who ever imagined taking off on a horse for parts unknown, outdoor lovers, or even people like me who prefer to read about adventures rather than take off on them, would enjoy this book.