People are driven to hike the Appalachian Trail for different reasons. Grieving the death of a close family member, restless in her career, and tired of her day to day routine, this local author knows that she needs a change... a total reset in her life. Suddenly, filled with curiosity about the AT, she decides this just might be what she needs. Inexperienced and naive to the rigors of the trail, she sets out; but beset by injuries and running out of funds, her hike is cut short. Two years later she starts again, this time better prepared and determined to make it all the way. She is triumphant at last, and the reader can't help but share her joy as she takes the final steps up Mt. Katahdin, the end of the trail. I thoroughly enjoyed this book; Weygand's accounting of her struggles and successes on the trail was entertaining for sure, but more than that, so inspiring. — Lauren Singer
April's life was at a crossroads. Her cousin's passing and a series of failures had left her feeling lost and unsure of herself. But then she had an idea - to hike the Appalachian Trail. Inexperienced and unprepared, April set out on a journey that would change her life forever. After her first attempt ended early due to injuries, April returns two years later, determined to finish what she had started.
Her story is filled with laughter, tears, and everything in between. From comical mishaps to profound realizations, April's journey is a testament to the power of perseverance and the human spirit. Through trail magic and romance, injuries and setbacks, April discovers her strength and becomes empowered by her choices.
Her journey takes her through 2,160 miles of breathtaking scenery, from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. For experienced hikers and armchair enthusiasts alike, April's memoir is a gripping and inspiring tale of one woman's quest to find herself on the Appalachian Trail.