I'm glad I started this book on the 4th of July, and I finished it on the 4th of July. Independence indeed! I enjoyed Niewenhuis' solitary walk so much. The months of preparation are left where those months belong: behind. We walk, jog, splash, climb, freeze and sweat along with this extraordinary woman on her Lake Trek. It was terrific to have the map of segments on the back to keep track of where she was, and to commit to memory the spots I want to visit. This is a calm book for such a heroic undertaking, the writing is comfortable like a favorite tshirt. A You Are Here adventure; when Loreen felt spooked by a large carnivore's odor, I looked over my shoulder. Lake Michigan. Alone. Inspirational is too mild-mannered a word.