Shortly after moving to New Hampshire with his family, Bill Bryson discovered a trail. Upon further investigation, he realized it was the infamous Appalachian Trail which stretches from Georgia to Maine. After some research and many visits to his local outdoor supplier, Bryson is prepared to hike the 2,100 mile trail. His sometimes surly, out-of-shape friend Stephen Katz decides to join him. The two set out on a hike that is much more than either of them were prepared for. Along the way, they meet wild animals, fellow hikers (some more normal than others), and some frightening small towns. The story of Bryson and Katz on the trail is interspersed with well-researched information about the National Park Service and the history of the AT.
After finishing Cheryl Strayed’s book about the Pacific Crest Trail, I wanted to know more about the Appalachian Trail. Bryson’s book was just the thing. It was interesting, funny, and honest. Whether you are an avid hiker, a couch potato, or something in between, I would recommend this book.
4.5 out of 5 stars