Ahhh, walking ... the best way to travel. The way to really see the
areas you pass through, the way to meet the people -- the way to join the
There are as many stories of vacations-by-foot as there are adventurous
souls who take them. Many have shared their trips with all of us through
books. A sampling is given below:
LETTERS FROM STEVEN
by Steven M. Newman
Recognized by Guinness Book of World Records as the
first person to walk by himself around the world, his books have inspired
travelers for years (including the author of the book below). For four
years he trekked across five continents, seeing exotic lands, fighting
culture shock (and narrowly escaping death), and discovering the innate
goodness of people around the globe.
The first book was written after his return to Ripley,
OH. It chronicles the adventures of his extended adventure in an easy-to-read
style. The second book is a compilation of articles he wrote while on the
road, providing an immediacy to the journey he was on.
BY THE ROADSIDE: Coast-to-Coast LitterWalk
by Glen Hanket, with Foreword by Steven M. Newman
On April 1, 1993 -- exactly 10 years after Steven Newman
started his WorldWalk -- newlyweds Glen and Susan Hanket began their 'honeymoon'
trip: a LitterWalk, an ocean-to-ocean "Adopt-A-Highway" adventure. Avid
hikers and National Park enthusiasts, the couple would bag roadside litter
as they discovered the real America -- a land filled with beauty, adventure,
and generous people.
The book details their adventures: discovering how
to make maple syrup, milk cows, and round up sheep; hearing stories of
fishing dogs and faith healers; touring a haunted health resort; limping
into the 'Friendliest Town in the Nation'; and uncovering America's debris
-- trash ranging from table saws to TV sets, butterfly collections to Bahamian
coins, and an unending stream of underwear!
WALK ACROSS AMERICA
THE WALK WEST
THE ROAD UNSEEN
by Peter Jenkins & Barbara Jenkins
America's classic story of the
footloose traveler! For 5 1/4 years in the 70's, Peter Jenkins plied the
roads of the U.S. Disaffected by the Vietnam War and the country's cultural
malaise, he took off to search for the beauty in the country and it's people.
His story has warmed millions of hearts.
The first book details his
journey with his dog Cooper, heading south from New York to New Orleans.
The second book picks up after his marriage, when he and his bride take
off for the Pacific Coast. The third book details the inner struggles they
faced on the road, newlyweds growing together.
Other recommended walking books:
ONE STEP AT A TIME: My Walk Across America
by Elena J. Hanuse c 1988
Read how a grandmother left her comfortable California home and, with her
husband nearby in a motor home, walked with her dog to the Statue of Liberty.
THE LONGEST WALK
by George Meegan c 1988
FOOT BY FOOT THROUGH THE U.S.A.
by Francis Line
c 1986 In the early days of the automobile, Francis
Line and his brother took off on foot and hitchhiking to explore the western
US they had heard so much about.
WALKING DOWN THE WILD: A Journey Through the Yellowstone
by Gary Ferguson c 1993
This naturalist took a 500-mile trek through the wilderness of America's
first national park, weaving stories of the past with tales of the present.
and some (not walking) must-reads for adventure
BLUE HIGHWAYS: A Journey Into America
by William Least Heat Moon c 1982
The Classic! A story of a newly divorced English professor who drove around
the perimeter of the United States, discovering the land -- and discovering
TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY: In Search of America
by John Steinbeck c 1962
America's premier storyteller, having lost touch with the country, sets
off at age 58 with a French poodle named Charley to find again the spirit
of the U.S.
MILES FROM NOWHERE
by Barbara Savage c 198?
How does a couple survive, bicycling around the world? This book illustrates
the journeys both external and internal, and sets the standard for the
annual Barbara Savage Award for the best adventure travel book.
KINDNESS OF STRANGERS: Penniless Across America
by Mike McIntyre c 1996 A newspaper
reporter tackles his mid-life crisis head-on: by taking a coast-to-coast
trip with no money, relying on strangers for rides and meals.
PADDLE TO THE AMAZON
by Don Starkell c 1989
A divorced father and his two teenage sons undertake 'the longest journey
ever made by canoe': from Winnipeg, Canada to the mouth of the Amazon River.
MAGNETIC NORTH: A Trek Across Canada
by David Halsey c 1990 The author
sets off alone to cross Canada ocean-to-ocean by foot, dogsled, and canoe
when his team quits. He is later joined by a photographer and a half-wild
coyote-dog in his crossing.
SEEING MYSELF SEEING THE WORLD: A Woman's Journey
Around the World on a Bicycle
by Sally Vantress c 1990
A woman's "search for answers in my life" led her around the world by bike,
train, and plane, into adventures and dangers, in this introspective narrative.
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