I chuckled several times while reading this book, but it did not inspire me at all to hike the Appalachian Trail. If anything, I felt turned off from hiking. Luckily however, there were many more trail journals and other information sources online that were more inspirational, and I just completed an 856.2 mile section hike. Which brings me to another point: Bryson complains about the National Park Service (NPS) doing nothing to combat the gypsy moth, however I personally walked through areas where they had sprayed, and saw many other notices posted about past/future spraying. A small point, I know, however for me it was indicative of a overall sensationalistic writing style and a negative attitude towards the NPS and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
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