I have definitely started to see a theme in the type of books that I read. They tend to be autobiographies about female travellers overcoming obstacles – I wonder what that says about me!
My most recent read was “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. It’s a detailed account on how at 22 years old and with no experience the author decides to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington. She embarks on this trek completely on her own, it takes her 94 days to complete and ends her journey at the Bridge of Gods on the Oregon-Washington border.
This book which has now been turned into a movie (with one of my favourite actresses – Reese Witherspoon!) details the many challenges that she experiences both physically and emotionally. It weaves from real time to the many that she experienced in her life that led her to want to start the journey. Reading the book I was amazed at her tenacity and will to continue and often found myself reliving the accounts of my own hike many years ago when I completed the Inca Trail in Peru. Although my trek was only 4 days I experienced many of the same thoughts, emotions, and pain that Cheryl describes so vividly in the book and it had me turning the pages to see what was coming next.
Reading this book you will cringe at her pain, feel her emotion, cry at her despair and triumph in her victories. She will take you on a journey that most will probably never experience in their lives and it’s one that you will enjoy.
Happy Travels and Happy Reading,