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Kira In my opinion, she did not really become Odyssa during the events chronicled in this book, but she definitely has since then. There is information in this book regarding her later experiences with the Appalachian Trail and other hikes around the world, so yes, she eventually achieved what she set out to do. But if you are reading this book, as I did, after reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Jennifer Pharr Davis' first hike up the Appalachian trail was (pardon the pun) a walk in the park compared to the rigors of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Chris She did not go home to slay the suitors pursuing her wife, so I'm going with no. (In all seriousness, I was severely disappointed that a classics major wondered "what happened when Odysseus went home.")
Don Alesi I believe she did become Odyssa. I too compared this book to Wild. In Wild a person is trying to come to grips with her chaotic past. Odyssa is trying to come to grips with her future. The difficulty of each trail is irrelevant to the stories. I believe that the books are about the individuals. Put each of them on a deserted island and in my mind, the results would be the same.