Just Passin' Thru: A Vintage Store, the Appalachian Trail, and a Cast of Unforgettable Characters

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Menasha Ridge Press, Dec 1, 2009 - Travel - 272 pages
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Like a well-crafted stage play, Just Passin' Thru delivers one suspenseful scene after another. But in this historic setting ó a store on the Appalachian Trail called Mountain Crossings ó the characters who show up are no fictional creations. They are the real-life stars of the authorís new life as a backpack-purging, canteen-selling, hostel-running, bandage-taping, lost-child finding, argument-settling, romance-fixing, chili-making man of many faces. Like any good drama, there are the good guys (and gals) and the weirdos, too. Some show up once (and thatís enough), and some appear again and again. Some are friends, and some dangerous. But all are united by two things: the authorís story-capturing talent, and whatever it is that lures them to attempt (or conquer) a 2,200-mile path that climbs and plummets from Georgia to Maine.

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Review: Just Passin' Thru: A Vintage Store, the Appalachian Trail, and a Cast of Unforgettable Characters

User Review  - Michael Perry - Goodreads

Read this book as part of my immersion into AT culture prior to embarking on a failed attempt to hike a long section of the trail. This book is funny. It's evident that the author really loves people ... Read full review

Review: Just Passin' Thru: A Vintage Store, the Appalachian Trail, and a Cast of Unforgettable Characters

User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

This book was great. The book is written by the man who owns the only shop that runs right on the Appalachian trail. He gives first hand accounts of the people he meets while running the shop. It is ... Read full review


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Ever since starting his lawn-mowing business at age 10, author Winton Porter has found it hard to stay indoors. At 21 he opened his own B. Bumblefoot and Co., producing hiking sticks for retailers throughout the U.S. southeast. And for years he tried the corporate routeóselling gear and managing operations at such retailers as REI in Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Atlanta. In 2001, at age 35, he ransacked his 401k and bought the venerable Mountain Crossings store, a hikerís mecca deep in the Georgia woods near the southern end of the Appalachian Trail. Itís a blissful match for the lifelong outdoorsman and natural-born storyteller. Now called the Guru of the Appalachian Trail, Winton is famous for his ďshakedownsĒ to help weary hikers lighten their loads. When heís not busy selling boots and shipping hikersí boxes home, heís writing about the zany adventurers that populate the trail and his store. Wintonís memory for dialogue, eye for detail, compassion for those in trouble, and gift for humor come together in the 27 chapters that make up his first book.

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