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Jeffrey H. Ryan Hiker Author Photographer Speaker Podcaster Director

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 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 […]

Touring the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive

A view from Skyline Drive

The Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive are special to me. I walked the length of Shenandoah National Park in 1991, a hundred mile stretch that is largely in the shadow of Skyline Drive (the Appalachian Trail crosses the road over 20 times). The AT continues south along the Blue Ridge (also in the shadow […]

Appalachian Odyssey goes into second printing

Photo of author Jeffrey Ryan signing books

In just one month, Appalachian Odyssey has achieved second printing status! I am so happy that my story has resonated with such a wide audience. I have been out meeting people in national parks, in bookstores, in barber shops, you name it, and the response has been genuine and incredibly uplifting. It seems everyone has […]

Latest reviews of Appalachian Odyssey

Appalachian Odyssey Reviews

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 […]

Why you should never hit the Appalachian Trail (or any trail) without a map

Photo of AT Map and guide

Here’s the plain truth. Almost every hike you go on will end up just fine. You may not have perfect weather for the whole thing. You may have minor gear failures that remind you it’s time to replace or upgrade. But in most cases, those aren’t life threatening events. What IS life threatening is getting […]

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 […]