As 2020 is ushered out the door, author David Smart wins my applause for writing the best book out of the 50 or so I read this year.
As a distance trekker, I am in awe that he walked more than 2,600 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mexican border to Canada. He earns his trail name, Stayin’ Alive, many times over. As a fellow writer, I admire his honesty and entertaining narrative. He earns my hope that this is not his last book (nor distance trek).
If circumstances again keep me from a distance trail in 2021, I will pick up The Trail Provides: A Boy’s Memoir of Thru-Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, for an adventure that will not feel as vicarious as it is.
Check out my review here.
Thanks to Automattic, we worked off a little of 2020 today with a grueling wwwp5k. It was also a chance to remember the Ashland Food Bank, which does great work for our community here in Southern Oregon. There is still time to join the wwwp5k fun! (Automattic is the parent company of Word Press.)
—Sue and Reg Spittle
Wearing just underwear emblazoned with the British flag, George Mahood and his buddy left Land’s End in southwest England without a penny, determined to bicycle to the northern tip of Great Britain. They would rely on the generosity and good hearts of the people, from pub owners and accommodation hosts to the police.
They would not solicit cash, but would accept meals, rooms, clothes, old bicycles and whatever else they needed. They would offer to wash dishes and do other work. They were out to prove that people are good.
If you have not read a book by George Mahood, you are in for a treat. His writing in Free Country is even more entertaining than his story’s premise and is powered by humor and down-to-earth human touches.
I doubt it will be the last George Mahood book you read.