David “Rowdy” Rough writes one of the most useful and informative books about the 2200 mile Appalachian Trail. His account of his preparation, both mental and physical, is laced with self deprecating humor and the story of his journey pulls the reader along with an easy going narrative. For those of us with a bit of water under our bridge, it is an encouraging series of inspirational scenes of challenge, reward and the beauty of the wilderness. I’ve read several other AT books but this one rings true for the obstacles an “older” hiker faces. Rowdy mixes a homey sense of humor with his quick wit and above average knowledge of things wild and wonderful. Lots of fun and details of the trail that make this book a must read for anyone who loves the outdoors. I’ll keep the e-version of this book with me when my turn on the trail comes along. AT 2017!
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