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The idea for Thru: An Appalachian Trail Love Story was born on author Richard Judy’s thru-hike in 1973. The goal was to capture “the essence of this last great American adventure on paper.” The result is a story about a diverse group (by age, background, and ethnicity) of northbound thru-hikers who meet on Springer Mountain, and begin developing bonds that will unite them as they embark on a 2,184-mile odyssey toward Katahdin. The evolving dynamics of the group and couples will be familiar to many long-distance hikers.
From the back cover:
Ultimately, the novel explores the sheer existential conundrum of why anyone would spend months walking along ridge crests and examines the human side of the wilderness trek that millions ponder but few actually experience.
Thru also contemplates the question asked by all thru-hikers: “What have I gotten myself into?”
Published by the Appalachian Trail Museum Society.
Richard Judy. 2014.
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