Sole Searching on the Appalachian Trail

Sole Searching on the Appalachian Trail

Sole Searching on the Appalachian Trail

Sole Searching on the Appalachian Trail


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Thru-hike with “Sam I Am,” a newly-retired prison guard who finds himself lost when his two sons leave for the Air Force and his K-9 partner passes away. With no hiking experience, he bought a backpack and a plane ticket to Georgia and started walking home to New England.

One month after deciding to hike the 2,189- mile trail, and after three weeks of intensive YouTube-training, Sam takes his first step north, armed with all the critical gear REI could part with. The journey was long, dangerous and took a toll on his body, but as he lay in his hammock after yet another day of endless climbs and punishing descents, he was determined to finish… or at least make it to day three.

This book takes the reader on a modern-day adventure along a 2,189-mile hike from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail. First-time hiker and former K-9 officer “Sam I Am” entertains the reader with trail stories which are humorous, poignant and informative as he hikes northward in his quest to become a “Thru-Hiker.”

Comparing himself to a bruised and dirty onion from a career spent inside prisons, Sam I Am takes the readers along as he interacts with thousands of people on the trail and worldwide. With the help of social media and YouTube, these people watched as he shared his adventure from the trail. The countless unexpected acts of kindness Sam I Am received from strangers slowly peeled each dirty layer away. When he stands on top of Katahdin nearly six months after he started, covered in dirt from the trail, it is the cleanest he has been in decades.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732906402
Publisher: Samuel A Ducharme
Publication date: 12/19/2018
Pages: 294
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents


1. Adventure Begins

2. Back to the Trail:

3. Poop in the Woods

4. The Hikers

5. Mountain Crossings

6. Hiking with a Pilgrim

7. Staying Connected

8. Magic and Angels

9. Through the Smokies

10. Virginia is Not Flat

11. Next Stop Harpers Ferry

12. Halfway

13. Four State Challenge

14. Southern Pennsylvania is Beautiful

15. Wildlife

16. Closing in on New England

17. Back Home in Connecticut

18. In the ZONE

19. Red Hot Green Mountains

20. New Hampshire

21. Maine

22. The Easiest Day


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