“I like wandering through the woods and doing some light hiking, but I have absolutely no desire to camp out anywhere that doesn’t involve a cabin, a bed, and a hot shower. So it may surprise people that I thoroughly enjoyed a memoir about hiking the Appalachian Trail. But I did!” — The Book Fetish Blog
“You have to give Jeff Ryan credit for his determination, stamina, and love of the outdoors. … He loved every hike, and that love and enjoyment comes through in his book, Appalachian Odyssey, published by Down East Books.”
— George Smith, Bangor Daily News
“Wonderful read; engaging story. Live the trail; read this book.”
— Rich K.
“Engaging and at times quite funny. Also a very different style of Appalachian trail book. It’s right up there with Awol’s book in my trail library.”
— Will S.
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Thank you to the many readers that have taken the time to share your thoughts about Appalachian Odyssey. I am grateful beyond words (which sounds like a stretch for those who know me I’m sure, but is 100% true nonetheless).
“Beautifully written, this book takes you right back to the earlier days of new camping materials and a generation of young people who hit the trails in the mountains – and grew up along the way. It tells the story of their younger enthusiasm and reckless abandon, growing friendship, their gaining maturity, and finding wisdom along the way – in their lives, in their jobs, and in the outdoors. Jeff Ryan tells it all – the upside as well as the gritty challenges of living in the wilderness for days on end, in all kinds of weather. Achieving his many life goals in many ways, he makes his story an inspiration for everyone. Hike your own hike! Thank you Jeffrey Ryan for this wonderful story.”
I sat down with Colin Ellis from the Forecaster for a cup of coffee and a nice discussion about my book amidst the woods that inspired my lifelong love of the outdoors.
It was a great chance to talk about how my life experiences cumulatively pointed me toward a lifetime of writing and hiking that is still going strong.
Thank you to Greg Powers and the crew at WSKI-TV for having me in the studio to discuss life on the trail!
Jeffrey Ryan sets no speed records on the Appalachian Trail, unless it is for the slowest time ever recorded getting from Maine to Georgia. But in a world which sometimes seems obsessed with velocity and superficiality, Ryan’s story is a reminder that the long slow journeys taken with friends are the best—and the most memorable. His Appalachian Odyssey, destined to be a classic of nature and travel writing, will inspire a new generation of readers to follow in his footsteps.
~ Robert M. Poole, executive editor (retired), National Geographic.