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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail Mass Market Paperback – December 26, 2006
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“Bryson is a very funny writer who could wring humor from a clammy sleeping bag.” –The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Short of doing it yourself, the best way of escaping into nature is to read a book like A Walk in the Woods.”–The New York Times
“A terribly misguided, and terribly funny tale of adventure.... The yarn is choke-on-your-coffee funny.” –The Washington Post
“Bill Bryson could write an essay about dryer lint or fever reducers and still make us laugh out loud.” –Chicago Sun-Times
“Delightful.” –The Plain Dealer
“It’s great adventure, on a human scale, with survivable discomforts, and, happily, everybody goes home afterwards.” –Times Picayune
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God only knows what possessed Bill Bryson, a reluctant adventurer if ever there was one, to undertake a gruelling hike along the world's longest continuous footpath--The Appalachian Trail.
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.
An instant classic, riotously funny, "A Walk in the Woods will add a whole new audience to the legions of Bill Bryson fans.
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If you have no experience of the UK you will find this book gives you a true if some what quirky picture at least in my opinion well worth the read.
Then he would say something insightful or irreverent or self-deprecating or amusing so that I just had to keep reading. It's obvious that he loves the country and the British in spite of, maybe because of their foibles.
What's funny is just a couple weeks back we did a small day hike in north Georgia on the High Shoals trail, down to a beautiful water fall, just a 1.2 mile hike. On the hike back up to the car I was huffing and puffing, my hip was hurting, I was sweating heavily in GOOD weather... and I think I want to do this with a 40 pound pack on my back??!! LOL, I must laugh at myself. Driving up a rough mountain fire road on our way to that hike we crossed over the AT. There was room to pull over, so we stopped to get our bearing (yes, we were lost). As we're trying to figure out where we were and where the High Shoals trailhead is, a guy comes hiking down the AT and pauses to eat his lunch. About 3 minutes later another hiker appears. During our 20 minutes there we saw 6 guys come down that trail! We spoke with the first two guys, one who wanted to celebrate his 65 birthday on the trail, the other guy, much younger, hiking the trail for several days on his own. They both had a slightly dazed but determined look as they spoke of the crowded shelter from the previous night, almost 20 hikers in there! I topped off their water bottles and thanked them, thinking I should do this hike!
Who knows, maybe when the weather turns cooler (it's turning hot now) I can get a friend to hike a few days out there with me... the book has me dreaming about it! Good book, I really enjoyed it and want to find more about hiking the trail. Plus, I'm having fun researching gear on the web!
Hope you enjoy the book as much as I did!!
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