I'd been injured for two years and had tried everything to stop the chronic pain. Then I thought - "If I hiked the Appalachian Trail then my leg would HAVE to be better" This wild and wacky adventure led to healing my body and soul. Read this and get motivated to take on challenges of ANY size!
My initial plan was to heal my leg by walking from Georgia to Maine. While doing this, the healing power of the wilderness gently caressed my body and soul.
Life on the Appalachian Trail is simple as you carry everything you need on your back. Nights are spent in a tent, shelters along the trail, or at nearby hiker hostels.
Hiking the Appalachian Trail is like any big challenge you may face. Each day brings new mountains to climb. Focus on your next few steps and you really can make your dreams come true.
It was 23 months after his accident and Peter was still dealing with constant excruciating pain.
He'd seen dozens of doctors and tried a myriad of medications, but nothing seemed to work. Faced with the impossible choice of suffering through the rest of his life, he had an unlikely epiphany: "If I could somehow hike 2,000 miles on the Appalachian Trail, then my leg will have to be better."
He set a starting date three weeks out, cobbled together a novice's pack, and set off on a journey destined to change his life forever—though not exactly how he had envisioned it.
From the bleakest breakdowns to hilarious adventures, Peter's story is equal parts entertaining, enthralling, and enlightening.
Join him on the trail, one step in front of the other, as he searches for some way to heal his body and soul while struggling with chronic pain, anxiety and depression.Can Reading This Book Really Change Your Life?
From the bleakest breakdowns to hilarious adventures, Peter's story is equal parts entertaining, enthralling, and enlightening. Join him on the trail, one step in front of the other, in search of healing body and soul. Everyone endures their own hardships in life, but fewer people have the courage to walk alone into the unknown to change it. Peter's stubbornly hopeful pursuit of a better life left me shaken, inspired, and grateful; a thru-hike is now on my bucket list, but so is taking smaller steps towards my dreams today. There's something about his story that sticks with you and makes you think. If he can do that, I can do anything.
- Karina Monesson
As a hiker with my own challenges I fell in love with this book. It captures the insanity that I experienced first hand during my time on the trail with the author. I really enjoyed hiking the Appalachian Trail but when I can’t hike, I enjoy reading hiking books before going to bed. This book has elements of trauma recovery just like Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling book Wild, where she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail alone. It was after the author shared his inner struggles with anxiety and panic attacks while interweaving hilarious stories reminiscent of Bill Bryson’s bestseller, A Walk in The Woods, that I realized I can’t put it down. After I finish reading this for the third time (yes, it’s that good!) it’s going on the shelf right between my two other all time favorite page turner novels, John Grisham’s The Judge’s List and The Boys by Ron Howard. Don’t let the title make you think this is a foot injury story - it’s an amazing journey from the depths of the author’s heart and soul.
- Gail “Dr Fix-it” Hinshaw - Author of Katahdin or Bust: Increasing Your Odds of Enjoying Hiking or BackpackingScroll Up to Buy Now