Jeffrey H. Ryan Hiker Author Photographer Speaker Podcaster Director

The Book Tour of a Lifetime told (mostly) through numbers

Photo of 1985 Westfalia

Let’s just say it’s been amazing from beginning to end (and it isn’t over yet!). Months on the road 5 Miles 40,000 States visited 34 National Parks and Monuments visited 27 State Parks and Campgrounds visited 46 Nights spent at Camp WalMart, Rest Areas or Truck Stops 21 Total appearances 56 Appearances at L.L. Bean stores […]

“People start pollution. People can stop it.”

Photo of litter

I have a thing about trash. And about keeping places better than how I found them. I’m not sure when it started, but I distinctly remember a time when I was 11 years old when my mom and I flew to St. Paul to visit my grandparents. I went out out one day to explore […]

Why I U-turned back to Sedona

Photo of Hangover Trail, Sedona, AZ

Sedona. I first heard the name when I was painting a house for an elderly couple in Maine a few decades ago. It’s not unusual for people to escape Maine winters. What stuck in my mind was their destination of choice and the effect it had on them. As soon as they would say the […]

Travel Tales: The Art of the Unplanned

On the road - Author Jeffrey Ryan's 1985 Vanagon.

One of my favorite sentiments regarding travel comes from Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley – In Search of America. He contends that they sure way to ruin a journey is to think that you control it. This is such a marvelous metaphor for every aspect of life — work and relationships come to mind— but one place that […]

The Joy of Writing is in the Stories Shared

Photo of Austin, who hiked a Pennsylvania section of the Appalachian Trail in 1953.

I was signing books the other night in Pennsylvania when I looked up to see something I had never seen before — a man with a little boy were walking toward me and the boy had my book under his arm. They had come to have me sign their copy of Appalachian Odyssey. The first […]

The True Meaning of a Road Trip

I’m currently on a national road trip for my book, Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year hike on America’s trail. At least that’s the headline version. But, as with all meaningful journeys, there’s a much deeper story woven through my sojourn through America’s National Parks, cities and towns. It’s that we are (still) a nation of incredible […]

Appalachian Odyssey Interview on WHSV-TV, Harrisonburg, VA

I stopped by the WHSV-TV in Harrisonburg, VA this week to appear on Bob Corso’s 1-on-1 interview program. We had a great time talking about my book and the trail before, during and after the interview. Bob Corso really took the time to ask me all about my book and the journey. He arrived with a […]

Appalachian Odyssey tour stop #4 – Mount Pleasant B&B

The evening of July 16th was perfect for a book signing event. The moon approached the full stage and the summer ambiance was amazing at the historic Mount Pleasant B&B in Strasburg, Virginia. Built in 1812, the rolling fields and hills surrounding the inn were once the scene of Civil War troop movements as the […]