By Jennifer Pharr Davis
After graduating from university, Jennifer isn't definite what she desires to do together with her lifestyles. She is attracted to the Appalachian path, a 2175-mile footpath that stretches from Georgia to Maine. notwithstanding her family and friends imagine she's loopy, she units out by myself to hike the path, hoping it is going to supply her time to consider what she desires to do subsequent.
The subsequent 4 months are the main bodily and emotionally not easy of her lifestyles. She fast discovers that thru-hiking is tougher than she had imagined: dealing with blisters and aching shoulders from the 30-pound pack she consists of; dozing at the challenging wooden flooring of path shelters; climbing via unending torrents of rain or even a snowfall. With each step she takes, Jennifer transitions from an over-confident collage graduate to a scholar of the path, braving occasions she by no means imagined ahead of her thru-hike.
The path is filled with unforeseen kindness, generosity, and humor. And while tragedy moves, she learns that she will depend upon folks to assist her in occasions of desire.
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