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The Longest Walk: An Odyssey of the Human Spirit

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George Meegan's fascinating memoir of his 7-year walking journey from the southernmost tip of South America to the Arctic shores of Alaska, a total of 19,019 miles, and of his many encounters with different peoples and situations. Photographs.
Hardcover, 402 pages
Published April 1st 1988 by Dodd Mead (first published March 1988)
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Feb 11, 2015 Valerie rated it really liked it
Out of print, but get a copy if you can find it... Might be a bit dated (I read it back in the late 80's) but I remember it as a somewhat bizarre, but fascinating look at an incredibly anal/meticulous Englishman who decides to walk from the very tip of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina to one of the northernmost parts of Canada.
His determination and single-mindedness kept him going, along at times with his Japanese wife and (later) baby, through some pretty sticky situations. As a Spanish teacher (
Michael Anderson
Aug 17, 2014 Michael Anderson rated it really liked it
One day the author decided he would walk from the southern tip of South America to the shore of the Arctic Ocean in Alaska. So he did, 19,000 miles in 7 years. Along the way, he married his girlfriend and fathered two children. This book describes the journey, all the places he passed through and the people he met. Sometimes the book drags due to the sameness of each day. Sometimes something exciting happens, but not often, usually at border crossings and the occasional wild man personality. I w ...more
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Apr 08, 2015 Indy Hart rated it liked it
George Meegan decided to take a walk. Not just any walk; he wanted to walk from the tip of South America to the arctic shores of Alaska. The book in which he chronicles his journey is as lengthy a read as was his walk, but I found it worthwhile to read his experiences throughout his journey and try to glean some understanding that I could apply in my own life.

One passage that stood out to me:
How dreadfully the fear of consequences can stifle so many valiant potential deeds, I thought, a fear thr
Jun 25, 2009 Tyler rated it liked it
Synopsis: George Meegan is the world record holder for the longest continuous walk in history. He started at the southern tip of South America (Tierra Del Fuego, where Carmen Sandiego used to hideout), and walked north through South America, the Darien Gap, Central America and into the United States. Instead of just walking straight from Texas to Alaska, he took a detour through Washington D.C. and New York City and then cut across Canada and the Northern states before heading up into Alaska and ...more
Aug 07, 2014 Clivemichael rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel, biography
Impressive endeavor, well described and entertaining to read.
Nov 15, 2007 Jeanie rated it it was amazing
It is sad that this book is out of print.

The book is the incredible true story of a young man who walked from the tip of South America, at Ushuaia, and ends up at Pruhoe Bay, at the North Pole.

The people he met, the adventures he had and places he went kept me turning the pages.
Mar 17, 2010 Ken rated it liked it
WOW! An unbelieveable story of determination, good luck, and adventure. It gets a little repeditive after awhile, but continues to impress and amaze me. If one man has the will to accomplish this, what could and should I be doing with my life and determination?
May 21, 2008 Adam rated it really liked it
The ultimate "roughing it" memoir, Meegan gives hope to disheveled, Into-the-Wild-types everywhere. I'm seriously considering selling all my wares and camping out across a continent now.
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Mar 27, 2008 Trish Leja-Bloom rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Here is a man who had an incredible dream, and GREAT determination to fulfill it, at almost any cost. Pretty amazing.
Aug 11, 2009 D. rated it really liked it
The end was a bit rushed, but it was amazing to read about the overcome hardships.
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George Meegan is a British long-distance walker best known for his unbroken walk of the entire Western Hemisphere from the southern tip of South America to the northernmost part of Alaska at Prudhoe Bay.
He has appeared often in the press including the Today Show three times, CBS Morning News and on Larry King Live. Meegan lives Internationally and has a wife, Yoshiko, in Japan. They have two child
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“In this land of great opportunity and few roads (in most regions the Alaskan Highway is the only real road), the immense distances can only be reasonably handled by air, in fact, half of all the private aircraft in the world are registered in Alaska. Near any urban center, such as they were, I couldn't look up into the sky without seeing at least one fixed wing clawing itself into the sky.” 2 likes
“In fact, my itinerary, as I have hinted before, was influenced not so much by Tschiffely's journey--I hadn't even read his book--as by Snow's. Snow's original plan was not to stop after completing South America but to continue either straight up to Alaska or northeastward to Washington, D.C. My insane plan was to do both, thereby "completing" the Americas and by virtue of the extra distance gained by the detour to the east coast, recording the longest unbroken walk of all time.” 1 likes
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