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Where's the Next Shelter? Paperback – November 8, 2015
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"Where's the Next Shelter is a tour de force in storytelling. If you don't laugh out loud while reading this book, seek medical attention. Something is broken." -- Zach Davis, AppalachianTrials.com
"If Bill Bryson and Dave Barry ever had a kid, not only would that be oddly improbable, but would also likely result in an offspring who writes a lot like Gary Sizer...funnily, informatively and wonder-inducingly. God, I hate him." -- Scott Herriott, SquatchFilms.com
Award Finalist in both the "Autobiography/Memoir" and the "Travel Guides & Essays" categories of the 2017 Best Book Awards -- American Book Fest
From the Back Cover
Where's the Next Shelter? is the true story of three travelers on the Appalachian Trail, a two thousand mile hike that stretches from Georgia to Maine, told from the perspective of Gary Sizer, a seasoned backpacker and former Marine who quickly finds himself humbled by the endeavor. He teams up with Megan, a sassy college grad whose indomitable spirit eclipses her lack of experience, and Lemmy, a cartoonist from overseas whose off-kilter commentary on the wonders and frustrations of the trail keeps everyone laughing.
Sprawling through the woods and towns of the Appalachian mountains, the trail carries the trio through real and fanciful ups and downs ranging from hilarious to perilous. Much more than an orderly account of mountain tops and meals, it is an adventure about friends figuring things out as they go. It's about screw-ups and solutions, awe and inspiration.
If you long for the horizon, or to sleep under the stars, then come along for the hike of a lifetime. All you have to do is take the first step.
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The sheer enormity of climbing up and down near-vertical trails, fighting a variety of bugs that are microscopic, six-legged and eight-legged, scrambling over bus-sized rocks and dealing with the hardships of wilderness camping come to life in this awesome adventure. It's an honest, frank, gritty and often hilarious account, and it's so compelling, it's tempting me to drop everything and attempt a through hike of the Appalachian Trail myself.
I just hope I have the stamina and determination Gary Sizer has. As he makes clear, this is no walk in the park, and it's just as much a mental battle as it is a physical challenge. But this book is not a complain-fest of hardships and woe. No, it's a joyful and uplifting account of the voyage of a lifetime.
It's such a pleasurable read, I wanted it to go on and on. This is quite a treat -- highly recommended!
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