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Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness is the story of the journey Ron Melchiore undertook as a young man from the city, first to homesteading in northern Maine and then to living in the bush of northern Saskatchewan. He has lived off grid since approximately 1980 and speaks candidly about the joys and the tribulations of his chosen lifestyle. In this adventure, Ron shares the diversity of his experiences in an easy, humorous, and sometimes harrowing narrative. The book includes his hiking of the 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail in winter, bicycling across the United States, homesteading off grid, the terror of being surrounded by a wildfire, surprise encounters with bears, and more. For listeners with an outdoors spirit, people with an off grid and self-sufficiency bent, and dreamers who like to hear about adventure, Ron hopes to inspire others to "take the road less traveled".

©2016 Ron Melchiore (P)2016 Ron Melchiore

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Loved it.

When I first started listening to this book I was a bit worried. My first thought was..Why did the author narrate this himself? Half way through the first chapter I realized that I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. Filled with wit, humor, humbleness, and even some advice on living in the wild this book doesn't have any of the self - righteousness that I find in other books in the same genre. My advice is to listen to the audio version of this book over reading it so you will get the whole experience of Mr. Melchiore. Thank you for telling your story. It was wonderful and I was sorry to see it end.

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Great adventure

I really liked the fact that the author narrated the audiobook himself. Highly recommended for anyone that loves the outdoor lifestyle.

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Please get yourself a Narrator!

Great story and a great guy, but corny, nerdy narrative & accent. All that effort, wow.

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can't get past the narration

The narration is painful and sounds like he's reading with marbles in his mouth and is painful to listen to

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Dream big or go to the city...

Amazing story of taking steps through life to prepare for a remote life in the bush. Good balance of how great it can be with reminders of how hard life when alone or in a remote area is. Gotta go... time to put my dream into action.
: )

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A very interesting look into a secluded life

Overall I enjoyed the book. It was engaging at times and gave a picture of the trials and pleasure of life off the grid.

He tended to jump around in the timeline a bit, and it made it hard to fallow if I had any interruptions while listening.

What was really striking to me was how accomplished (through hiking to cycling the country) he was and the adventures he went on.

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Waiting for the offgrid

I was expecting more about off grid living and less about his entire life. It’s interesting but not what I was hoping for. I’m still on the Appalachian trail chapter and while technically that is offgrid as well it wasn’t my expectation.

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awesome

would love to meet this guy and check out his setup .. although my wife would never go for it I would love to live a life like this ... I wish he would write a sequel

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Inspiration

Great story - Ron you and your wife Joanna are truly inspirational. Someday I hope to join you in the Bush!

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Awesome and captivating yet educational story

Awesome and inspiring story!
With accounts of thrilling adventures and great factual information. A must read for anyone who loves the outdoors or who is considering living a simpler lifestyle away from the noisy cities. I would recommend this book to everyone