By David Miller
“Makes you're feeling the ache and pleasure of an Appalachian path thru-hike . . . In vibrant colours, David paints an image of his memorable journey.”—Larry Luxenberg, president of the Appalachian path Museum Society
In 2003, David Miller left his task, relations, and buddies to satisfy a dream and hike the Appalachian path. AWOL at the Appalachian path is Miller’s account of this thru-hike alongside the whole 2,172 miles from Georgia to Maine. On web page after web page, readers are taken care of to wealthy descriptions of the valleys and mountains, the isolation and reverie, the muse that fueled his quest, and the life-changing moments that could merely be skilled while desires are pursued. whereas this e-book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it additionally presents necessary passages approximately safeguard and correct equipment, displaying a certified hiker’s arrangements and tenacity. this isn't in simple terms a go back and forth consultant, yet a fantastically written and hugely own view into one man’s experience and what it potential to make a lifelong imaginative and prescient come real.
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