- Publisher: Jerelyn Press; First Hardcover Edition edition
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979708109
- ISBN-13: 978-0979708107
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
“Have you ever yearned for simplicity, freedom, adventure? Have you ever woken up one morning and just felt like… walking?”
This is the story of one woman’s break for freedom.
Restless with wanderlust, novice hiker Jan Leitschuh (“LiteShoe”) wondered if she had what it took to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. Not yet able to trade her day job for a six-month adventure, Jan hefted a backpack for a month-long hike on what seemed like the easier journey: the Long Trail of Vermont. There, she and her opinionated, heart-attack-challenged hiking partner, Clyde, undertook a crash course in long-distance backpacking, walking 270 miles from Massachusetts to Canada – testing the limits of their physical endurance, friendship and good humor in the process.”
In 2003 David Miller, a 41 year old engineer, quit his job to backpack 2172 miles from Georgia to Maine. His story is told here in Awol on the Appalachian Trail, an outstanding contemporary account of hiking on the AT. It provides a vivid description of the Appalachian Mountains, the small towns threaded together by the trail, and the people met along the way. Abundant photographs complement the book’s exacting prose. This book puts the reader into the shoes of the long distance hiker, and draws parallels between lessons learned on the trail and challenges of everyday experience. It is entertaining and funny, insightful and informative. It is about liberation, motivation, and perseverance. This book is for anyone who has ever wanted to break free from routine, anyone with a desire for adventure.