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Three Hundred Zeroes: Lessons of the heart on the Appalachian Trail. Paperback – February 20, 2010
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About the Author
Dennis Blanchard was born in Bristol, Connecticut. After a stint in the U.S. Air Force he moved to New Hampshire with his wife, Jane. Never living very far from the Appalachian Trail, there was always the seductive siren's call to hike it. To support his hiking habit he has spent most of his life working as an electronics engineer. Dennis is an avid ham radio enthusiast and has authored many pieces for magazines such as the amateur radio journal, QST and other technical magazines, as well as motorcycle adventure articles. When not off wandering in the woods he lives in Sarasota, Florida.
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Some of the details of remaining celibate were out of place and in contrast to the sub-lines of the text. He frequently notes the attractiveness of women on the trail. He portrays the females encountered in a more positive light than the males. He also puts himself in somewhat inappropriate positions for a married man. Looked like he was sans ring in the pictures. I suspect celibacy may have been fictional here.
There is a missed development on the tie in with his brother. I didn't feel this as a motivational piece for the author. A little more character development could have worked well for the story. Then again maybe that would have diverted the focus from the trail.
Still the story is a good one. Of the three trail books I've read this one ranks highly. The writers skill is somewhat limited, but he gets the job done. I doubt it would appeal to anyone without a strong interest in hiking or maybe ham radios, but that's the value here.
The author dealt with many adversities in his journey through the AT, including bears, rattle snakes, rough terrain and worst of all a serious heart condition that he later overcame. His story is told from the heart as he awakens the reader to the Norman Rockwell America that still exists in the culture and life surrounding the trail. I truly enjoyed staying up all night reading this wonderful story. It is a must read for anyone who loves hiking.