An Epic Journey by an Ordinary Man
If you only read one book this summer then make it Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods. It’s not your typical Travel book, instead it details his adventures and misadventures in trying to get through his goal of walking a portion of the Appalachian Trail.
Most people wouldn’t think about wasting their time reading a travel book, but this book isn’t typical. There humor factor alone is worth the read. Bill talks about the history of the trail but weaves it into his own story and provides a unique view of what the adventure requires.
From his meager beginnings of just a few miles to humping the trails with everything he needs to camp and feed himself, this book tells of all his achievements and failures. The best part is that he’s telling it from a point of view of inexperience and it’s the telling of and Epic Journey by an ordinary man. He had no idea what he was getting into when he decided to take to the trails. This premis alone is the foundation for the many tiny adventures and stories that make up the book
His choice in partners, camping gear and the situations he finds along the trail are interesting and funny. Humor, Uncertainty, and a little bit of Terror all roll into one to make this a great read and well worth the time.