THREE HUNDRED ZEROES

THREE HUNDRED ZEROES

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by Dennis Blanchard
     
 

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When siblings promise to do something together when they 'grow up," do they follow through? When war and a Purple Heart Medal alter those promises, should the surviving brother continue? Blanchard's promise to his brother haunted him for over forty years. Finally, when there were no more excuses, he set out on the Appalachian Trail to fulfill that youthful promise.

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When siblings promise to do something together when they 'grow up," do they follow through? When war and a Purple Heart Medal alter those promises, should the surviving brother continue? Blanchard's promise to his brother haunted him for over forty years. Finally, when there were no more excuses, he set out on the Appalachian Trail to fulfill that youthful promise.

Three Hundred Zeroes describes the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) as it meanders for almost 2,200 miles (3,500 km) through some of the most awe inspiring, remote, vibrant woodlands and mountains in the eastern United States. Maddeningly indirect at times, the trail wanders aimlessly from Springer Mountain in Georgia, to Mount Katahdin, in Maine. Along it's length the A.T. is home to every conceivable form of plant life, vegetation, tree and animal from the minuscule pygmy shrew to the titans of the north woods, the American black bear and moose.

Three Hundred Zeroes describes a Norman Rockwell America that at times seems long lost and forgotten. Walking through small boroughs, villages and out-of-the-way places, I encountered people that don't judge others by their worldly possessions, the car they drive, or how big their house is. Conversations evolved around severe weather; trail conditions, distance traveled, and destinations. The predominate question that always arose was, "Can I help?" or "Are you hungry?" Appalachian Trail life is more often than not factored down to its lowest common denominator: honest to goodness caring and personal connections.

A menagerie of personalities leads to numerous comical situations. A cast of characters with monikers such as "Cookie Monster," "Bone Lady," "Half-Elvis," "Motor Butt," "Bilge Rat," "Privy Monster," and "Serial Killer," guaranteed that there was never a dull moment.

Serious obstacles abound. The difficulties I encountered walking over 2,200 miles were easily underestimated and trouble began long before setting that first step on the trail. Three Hundred Zeroes demonstrates that bears, rattlesnakes, extreme weather and challenging terrain may be far less formidable than some of life's more subtle dangers.

Readers that have enjoyed such great stories as A WALK IN THE WOODS, by Bill Bryson, or A WALK FOR SUNSHINE, by Jeff Alt will find this inspirational work very much to their liking.

Explore this national treasure, the Appalachian Trail through my adventures in Three Hundred Zeroes.

Editorial Reviews

Alan Roddy
“Dennis tells us a quirky but endearing and ultimately inspiring tale, about not only the daily challenges that the Appalachian Trail throws down for hikers, but also the unexpected challenges of a life-threatening heart condition, and how he overcame both with the same persistence and positive outlook. Along the way we find out just what to do when a bear visits us in the shower.“

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011977428
Publisher:
Dennis Blanchard
Publication date:
12/26/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
342
Sales rank:
137,432
File size:
618 KB

Meet the Author

Dennis Blanchard was born in Bristol, Connecticut. After a stint in the U.S. Air Force he moved to New Hampshire with his wife, Jane. Never living very far from the Appalachian Trail, there was always the seductive siren's call to hike it. To support his hiking habit he has spent most of his life working as an electronics engineer. Dennis is an avid ham radio enthusiast and has authored many pieces for magazines such as the amateur radio journal, QST and other technical magazines, as well as motorcycle adventure articles. When not off wandering in the woods he lives in Sarasota, Florida.

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Three Hundred Zeroes 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a delight to read this book! As a long-distance AT hiker and hiking journal fan I look for good writing and authentic detail first. This book is filled with both, and imparts the whole picture of the long distance Appalachian Trail adventure - joys, struggles, characters, friendships, the works. If hiking interests you, and you've wondered about hiking the AT, read this book. If you've already hiked the AT and are missing it, read this book! If you found Bryson's book a little short on accuracy, this will be gratifying to read. I give this 5 stars for it's genre, and I've read just about everything in the genre. Give it a try. I found the Nookbook version very well done, properly formatted and easy to read. V8 '08
kr4ez More than 1 year ago
I am realy enjoying this book. It is the 4th i have read about AT hikes and it is by far the best. The author does not go into over openunated rants like "A Walk In The Woods". I think anyone would injoy this book. The book is telling his story and does not have repetitive overly detailed accounts of every day issues of the trail.
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JustReadJ More than 1 year ago
Have back-packed in the Rockies years ago and still enjoy day hikes. Have no plans to hike the Appalachian Trail but thoroughly enjoyed reading the details of the author's experiences. Fun and interesting to read about the different shelters, hostels, trail angels and friendships made along the way. I think the book would be enjoyed by both hikers and non-hikers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. I enjoyed everthing about it. It makes me want to go hiking. Highly recomend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I HAVE SPENT THIS YEAR READING BOOKS ON HIKING! I VERY MUCH ENJOYED THIS BOOK. WOULD RECOMMEND !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read quite a few AT books, and this one of the best. Parts are moving, parts are funny. I go on a few day hikes in the White Mountains, but this book makes me want to hike the AT.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful compilation of a trip on the AT. It is full of personal drama and insight into life and what is important. Not a tree hugger Greenpeace manifesto. Makes me want to get back out on the trail myself! Looking forward to his next book about the Camino.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an absolute delight to read. I am a day hiker and I so admire the thro-hikers. It was as if I was right there hiking with Dennis the whole way. I love this book.
tattooedmommie More than 1 year ago
What a light hearted, fun read. The author is truly inspirational with his journey on the AT. His humor and the humor on the trail had me laughing out loud and wanting to share with everyone around me. If you've ever wanted to hike, have hiked or even remotely thought about hiking the A.T - read this! Hands down one of the best books I've read about hiking in a long while.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book. Having sectioned hiked a little of the AT at 54 and not being in the best physical shape, I liked taking the journey all they way with the author. Nicely done.