The subtitle, A Story of the Appalachian Trail, Vietnam, PTSD, and Love gives just a hint of how a traditional daily Trail memoir, with a generation gap, mixes in with flashbacks to 1967 Vietnam and step-by-step bonding with a hiking partner that parallels the wartime bond of brothers.
From the back cover:
In 1967, Tim Keenan grew to loathe the impenetrable jungle of Vietnam during his one-year tour of duty as a combat soldier. For 47 years, he coulsnt shake his dread of the woods, until he confronted his fears head on and began a thru-hike of the 2,178.3-mile Appalachian Trail.
The Good Hike is Keenan’s story of finally coming to peace with himself, buoyed by the healing powers of nature and his fellow hikers.
His story weaves in the beautiful towns and mountains of the great Appalachian Trail with the jungle and battle zones around Dak To, including the infamous Hill 1338.
Keenan also tells a story of love. His trail partner helped him face his PTSD and cope with the trail’s intense rigors. Most importantly, she taught him how to love again.
The Good Hike will make you smile and laugh. And it will make you cry.
Tim Keenan. 2016.
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