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Appalachian Odyssey

Steve Sherman and Julia Older
Foreword by Edward Abbey

A bliss-and-blister account of what it takes to hike the 2000-mile Appalachian Trail end-to-end — and enjoy it!

An adventure away from Interstates and into backwoods America. Cross the Smokies, survive Virginia floods, buck New Jersey heat, walk the Presidentials of the White Mountains, and a mile-long gorge. Then, one hundred and fifty days later, stand victorious on the summit of Katahdin. Everything and then some about The Great Hike from Georgia to Maine.

Sherman and Older write with spirit and wit. They’re good observers, playful, responsive to place names and places.
  —Peggy Thomson,
    The Washington Post

A total of 181 people were thru-hikers from 1936 to 1973, the year Sherman and Older hiked it. Today, in a single year, as many as 600 men, women and children become end-to-enders.

Over the years, many people wrote, phoned and emailed requests for copies of APPALACHIAN ODYSSEY. Now in partnership with iUniverse, the Authors Guild selected APPALACHIAN ODYSSEY as part of its special Back-in-Print program to renew this American classic for the Green Generation. Inspiring for all ages whether you’re a backpacker, day-tripper or armchair hiker.

Appalachian Odyssey is not only a readable and very human book but a cleansing and replenishing one.
  —Robert Kirsch,
    Los Angeles Times


 APPALACHIAN ODYSSEY;
WALKING THE TRAIL FROM GEORGIA TO MAINE

 Steve Sherman and Julia Older
   Foreword by Edward Abbey

 $19.95. (248 pp.) Quality Trade Paperbound
 Authors Guild Back-in-Print, iUniverse. 2009
 ISBN 978-1-4401-1530-1
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"Appalachian Odyssey is not only a readable and very human book but a cleansing and replenishing one."
--Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times
"Excellent for either the serious backpacker or those who take their hiking pleasures vicariously."
--The Boston Globe
"Walking the Trail with Sherman and Older is sheer pleasure. Delightful reading."
--Publishers Weekly
"Probably the most literate account of hiking the Appalachian Trail’s 2,000-odd miles. This is a beautiful account."
--Dick D. Heller, Jr., Indiana Audubon Quarterly
"Their story is a gentle one of a decidedly ungentle adventure. Sherman and Older proved the Georgia taxi driver, who said they’d never make it, wrong; and for the exciting, happy book the trip produced, we can all be glad they did."
--Robert B. Sullivan, New Hampshire Profiles
"One heck of a lot of interesting stories."
--Country Americana
"Sherman and Older write with spirit and wit. They’re good observers, playful, responsive to place names and places."
--Peggy Thomson, The Washington Post
"Describes the practical and environmental features of their walk, along with the mental and spiritual challenges they met with stout hearts and alert perceptions."
--Country Journal
"Recommended reading for through-hiker and day-tripper alike."
--Down East Magazine
"They have written a delightful, witty, dramatic, truthful account of their hike."
--Robert D. Franklin, Charlottesville Daily
"Steve Sherman and Julia Older write like a charm, and they have the souls of poets."
--Robert Estabrook, Millerton News (NY)
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