“I found things in the woods that I didn’t know I was looking for… and now I’ll never be the same.” – Jennifer Pharr Davis
Armchair travelers, nature enthusiasts, and anyone with wanderlust might be interested in Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail by Jennifer Pharr Davis (trail name: Odyssa). In 2005, as a recent college graduate, Davis decided to thru-hike alone all 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail. With this memoir, you can join Davis on her four month journey. Discover the daily trials of cooking, sleeping, and hygiene. Commiserate as Davis makes her way through blizzards, seemingly endless rain, swarming bugs, rock fields, injury, illness, and equipment failures. Delight in her encounters with wild ponies, moose, Trail Angels, and fellow hikers. From a terrifying occurrence in New Jersey to a trail romance, Davis experiences the extremes that both humanity and nature have to offer on her route to becoming Odyssa.
In her memoir, Davis asks, “What did Odysseus do when he got home?” Well, Odyssa went on to hike over 11,000 miles on long distance trails on six continents. Thur-hiking the Appalachian Trail twice more, this past summer Davis took the Overall Appalachian Trail Record, accomplishing the entire trail in 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes! Follow her adventures, and see how she came so far so fast, on her blog.
Intrigued by the prospect of hiking the Appalachian Trail? The library has lot of other books for you to check out on the subject.