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In 36 thrilling days, Melanie Radzicki McManus hiked 1,100 miles around Wisconsin, landing her in the elite group of Ice Age Trail thru-hikers known as the Thousand-Milers. In prose that's alternately harrowing and humorous, Thousand-Miler takes you with her through Wisconsin's forests, prairies, wetlands, and farms, past the geologic wonders carved by long-ago glaciers, and into the neighborhood bars and gathering places of far-flung small towns. Follow along as she worries about wildlife encounters, wonders if her injured feet will ever recover, and searches for an elusive fellow hiker known as Papa Bear. Woven throughout her account are details of the history of the still-developing Ice Age Trail - one of just 11 National Scenic Trails - and helpful insight and strategies for undertaking a successful thru-hike.

In addition to chronicling McManus's hike, Thousand-Miler also includes the little-told story of the Ice Age Trail's first-ever thru-hiker Jim Staudacher, an account of the record-breaking thru-run of ultrarunner Jason Dorgan, the experiences of a young combat veteran who embarked on her thru-hike as a way to ease back into civilian life, and other fascinating tales from the trail.

©2017 The State Historical Society of Wisconsin (P)2017 Tantor

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great book all around

I have always loved the Ice Age Trail, but I am one of the lucky few that has it in their backyard it was really exciting to hear about her accounts with the trails I hold near and dear. my New Year's resolution was to hike a hundred miles of different parts of the Ice Age Trail mind you it is not the whole Trail but this definitely got me excited about the warmer months ahead. if you are not a wisconsinite I feel you'll still enjoy this book if you enjoy hiking and learning about history of a place.

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  • Fidge
  • Wakefield, RI, United States
  • 12-18-17

Irritating

I bought this book to listen to a story about HIKING. I did not buy it to hear a lecture ( a sophomoric one, I might add) on the establishment of the national parks system.
I kept waiting for the lecture to end, and it just went on and on, so I gave up and switched to another book.

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A fun story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, this was entertaining and I learned alot about a trail I had never heard of...

What other book might you compare Thousand-Miler to and why?

Home is forward by Gary Sizer. Both are autobiographies of hiking adventures

Which scene was your favorite?

no particular one

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no

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  • Nola J Pearce
  • 10-12-17

Appalling. Don't bother.

Hideous. A whining middle aged woman with no apparent interest in the sheer joy of hiking but fixated instead on achieving a FKT (fastest known time) for her age group. On the phone to her husband at the first sign of difficulty, and with her obsession with speed eliminating any of the usual fun of through hiking - dad and the kids are all hauled in to load the car with food and drive her to motels each night. I returned it. Dismal.

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