His style of writing allows the story to flow without awkward pauses or long tangents. It is mostly absent any long philosophical musings, or other hiking stereotypes. He talks frankly about dealing with injuries, animals, other hikers, and the absence from his family. He includes many photos he took along the way. My favorite is one he took of a man who was hiking with his cat. In the photo the cat is simply perched on top of the man’s pack. The cat became something of a legend for catching all kinds of mice that liked to hang around the shelters on the trail.
The book is divided into fourteen chapters; each chapter being a section of the trail. In the last chapter he is in
and has some very favorable things to say about the state. He has an Introduction talking about his decision to hike, as well as an Epilogue that tells a little bit about what happened afterwards. He also lists a website you can go to when you are done with the book, if you want to see more photos. Maine
Overall, this book functions as an outdoor adventure story for the person who will never set foot on the trail, as well as an excellent account of what to expect for the person who is seriously thinking of attempting the hike.