Many who set out to hike the entire Appalachian Trail haven't any idea what they're getting themselves into; they're simply thinking about the romanticism of adventure. One escaped city dweller, a hiker and artist named Postcard, journals his journey of discovery and silliness through both words and pictures as he makes his way-false starts and all-from Georgia to Maine. HMany who set out to hike the entire Appalachian Trail haven't any idea what they're getting themselves into; they're simply thinking about the romanticism of adventure. One escaped city dweller, a hiker and artist named Postcard, journals his journey of discovery and silliness through both words and pictures as he makes his way-false starts and all-from Georgia to Maine. He seeks the coveted moniker of 'thru-hiker" as a way to erase the rut he allowed himself to find. These modern-day explorers gather each spring on a remote mountaintop in northern Georgia carrying horrifically heavy, coffee-table-sized backpacks. It is there where the 2,174-mile, six-month odyssey north to Maine begins. Those who start in early March face the southern Appalachian snows. Those who start in late April most likely face the northern ones. Some are running from life while others are running to it. Eager and hopeful, but often ill prepared, they teach themselves the harsh lessons that weight, gravity, and mountains do not make good bedfellows. Hidden in the difficulty though is the simplicity of life on the trail-a prize that's hard to find in metropolis. Overcoming rain, awkward footing, smelly clothes, and gnawing hunger, they will be blessed with the beauty and grandeur of this land. Mountain vistas that make the soul leap will be their kingdom. Armed with only a penknife, some 100 percent DEET and a drawing tablet, Postcard documents the whimsical and entertaining sides of this Appalachian Trail, end-to-end, epic journey. Travel with him as he tries to unravel the mysteries of why black bears steal shoes or why nothing will dry when you live in the rain. Learn how to eat anything and everything you everdreamed of and not gain a single pound You'll scale rocky cliffs, ford rivers, and be introduced to real-life trail angels. Although dominated by the abundant wildlife and the unnerving silence of the forests, the trail emerges on to some of our country's most charming Main Streets. It's a story that's equal parts Norman Rockwell humanity, New Yorker magazine cartoon wit, and Indiana Jones adventure. Come along from your favorite chair and avoid the blisters. However, if you do feel inspired to don a pack and answer your own call of the wilderness, Postcard details a smart, up-to-date way to get more smiles in your miles as well....more
Paperback, 336 pages
January 6th 2006
by Xlibris Corporation
(first published 2006)
I plan to hike the Appalachian Trail after I retire from the military in a few years. "Postcard" tells a great tale of his hike, including a great discussion of a failed thru-hike in a prior year. Most helpful is the description of his gear and regimen to prevent blisters. Great read!