Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Road More or Less Traveled: Madcap Adventures Along the Appalachian Trail

The Road More or Less TraveledThe Road More or Less Traveled by Stephen Otis
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book is about two friends who hiked the Appalachian Trail (AT). They started in Maine and hiked to the end of the trail in Georgia. The book was a lot less than I expected. It was more about the "good times" off the trail than about the trail itself. However, I did learn some "new" things. Such as, most that hike the trail give themselves nicknames. The names the authors chose were "Futureman" and "Applejack." Also, the ones that hike the entire AT are called thruhikers. The authors sometimes use rough language (curse words) and some of the conversation was unacceptable. I really liked the map at the beginning each chapter. It was a map of the trail that highlighted the state that the authors were hiking at the time. The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpath in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length. The Trail goes through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian mountain range from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the Trail’s northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine. The following states are part of the AT: Maine,New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee (the authors home state), North Carolina, and Georgia. This book really makes me want to hike the trail. I would not reread this book and do not recommend it. It takes months (average about six months) to go the distance. I've included a few links below that I found interesting.

AT Conservancy

The AT Home Page

AT Trail Maps

AT: State by State

AT Museum

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