By Bill Bryson
The longest non-stop footpath on the earth, the Appalachian path stretches alongside the East Coast of the us, from Georgia to Maine, via one of the most arresting and celebrated landscapes in the USA. on the age of forty-four, within the corporation of his good friend Stephen Katz (last obvious within the bestselling Neither the following nor There), invoice Bryson trigger to hike throughout the tremendous tangled woods which were scary good humans for 3 hundred years. forward lay virtually 2,200 miles of distant mountain wasteland jam-packed with bears, moose, bobcats, rattlesnakes, toxic vegetation, disease-bearing tics, the occasional chuckling assassin and - maybe such a lot alarming of all - humans whose favorite hobby is discussing the relative advantages of the external-frame backpack. dealing with savage climate, cruel bugs, unreliable maps and a fickle better half whose profoundest want used to be to visit a lodge and watch The X-Files, Bryson gamely struggled throughout the desert to accomplish a lifetime's ambition - to not die outdoor.
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