What I enjoyed most about this book was not only the earnest and honest recounting of a fascinating journey, but the parallel pathways toward growth we see in Jonathan Arlan the Ad hoc hiker and Arlan the writer. Similar to his hiking avatar, Arlan finds his footing and his literary rhythm as the book progresses. The story he paints starts off, like the neophyte hiker, waivering and at times unsure of where it's going or if it should be going anywhere at all. But quickly, Arlan finds his footing both in the mountain paths of France and in his writings. By books end, I was left an an open and personal story written in a manner that stays true to the "just because" nature of Arlan's journey. His writing doesn't force a purpose or theme on its reader, but draws you in as he evolves both as a hiker, a human and a writer. Great read for anyone looking to experience a journey.