Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail

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Beaufort Books, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 304 pages
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After graduating from college, Jennifer isn't sure what she wants to do with her life. She is drawn to the Appalachian Trail, a 2175-mile footpath that stretches from Georgia to Maine. Though her friends and family think she's crazy, she sets out alone to hike the trail, hoping it will give her time to think about what she wants to do next. The next four months are the most physically and emotionally challenging of her life. She quickly discovers that thru-hiking is harder than she had imagined: coping with blisters and aching shoulders from the 30-pound pack she carries; sleeping on the hard wooden floors of trail shelters; hiking through endless torrents of rain and even a blizzard. With every step she takes, Jennifer transitions from an over-confident college graduate to a student of the trail, braving situations she never imagined before her thru-hike. The trail is full of unexpected kindness, generosity, and humor. And when tragedy strikes, she learns that she can depend on other people to help her in times of need.

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Such an amazing woman and a wonderful story so glad to say i got to meet her and work with her.

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User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

Interesting memoir of a recent college grad's solo thru hike on the Appalachian Trail. I could have used fewer references to God, but can understand why she wanted to share her faith in light of the ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Jennifer Pharr Davis grew up in the North Carolina Mountains, where she developed a love for hiking at a young age. At age twenty-one, Jennifer hiked the entire Appalachian Trail as a solo female and fell in love with long-distance backpacking. Jennifer holds endurance records including the women's Appalachian Trail record, completing the trail in fifty-seven days.

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