9780825305689

Becoming Odyssa : Adventures on the Appalachian Trail

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  • ISBN13:

    9780825305689

  • ISBN10:

    0825305683

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/1/2011
  • Publisher: Midpoint Trade Books Inc
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Summary

After graduating from college, Jennifer isn't sure what she wants to do with her life. She is drawn to the Appalachian Trail, a 2175-mile footpath that stretches from Georgia to Maine. Though her friends and family think she's crazy, she sets out alone to hike the trail, hoping it will give her time to think about what she wants to do next. The next four months are the most physically and emotionally challenging of her life. She quickly discovers that thru-hiking is harder than she had imagined: coping with blisters and aching shoulders from the 30-pound pack she carries; sleeping on the hard wooden floors of trail shelters; hiking through endless torrents of rain and even a blizzard. With every step she takes, Jennifer transitions from an over-confident college graduate to a student of the trail, braving situations she never imagined before her thru-hike. The trail is full of unexpected kindness, generosity, and humor. And when tragedy strikes, she learns that she can depend on other people to help her in times of need.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. ix
p. 1
Truth: The Appalachian Trail Institute, Banner Elk, NCp. 7
Ineptitude: Unicoi Gap, GA, to Springer Mountain, GA-50.9 milesp. 13
Adventure: Unicoi Gap, GA, to the Nantabala Outdoor Center, NC-84 milesp. 31
Adversity: Nantabala Outdoor Center, NC, to Waterville School Road, NC-103-4 milesp. 43
Home: Waterville School Road, NC, to Hot Springs, NC-33.4 milesp. 55
Friends: Hot Springs, NC, to Cherry Gap Shelter, TN-84.5 milesp. 65
Confidence: Cherry Gap Shelter, TN, to Damascus, VA-104.9 milesp. 85
Oppression: Damascus, VA, to a little past Pearisburg, VA-165 milesp. 103
Discomfort: Outside Pearisburg, VA, to Troutville, VA-92 milesp. 125
Inspiration: Troutville, VA, to Rockfish Gap, VA-132.3 milesp. 139
Generosity: Rockfish Gap, VA, to US 522 (Front Royal), VA-107 milesp. 155
Diversity: US 522 (Front Royal), VA, to Pen Mar Park, MD/PA-95 milesp. 165
Abnormality: Pen Mar Park, MD/PA, to Delaware Water Gap, NJ-260 milesp. 177
Mortality: Delaware Water Gap, PA, to Bear Mountain State Park, NY-107.9 milesp. 201
Perseverance: Bear Mountain State Park, NY, to Mount Greylock, MA-183.9 milesp. 219
Optimism: Mount Greylock, MA, to Hanover, NH-160 milesp. 233
Regrouping: Hanover, NH, to Pinkham Notch, NH-123 milesp. 241
Tribulation: Pinkham Notch, NH, to Monson, ME-199 milesp. 261
Triumph: Monson, ME, to Mount Katabdin, ME-118 milesp. 279
Homecoming: Summer 2005 to Summer 2008-3 yearsp. 295
Itineraryp. 301
Acknowledgmentsp. 303
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