A Walk Across America

A Walk Across America

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Twenty-five years ago, a disillusioned young man set out on a walk across America. This is the book he wrote about that journey -- a classic account of the reawakening of his faith in himself and his country.

"I started out searching for myself and my country," Peter Jenkins writes, "and found both." In this timeless classic, Jenkins describes how disillusionment with society in the 1970s drove him out onto the road on a walk across America. His experiences remain as sharp and telling today as they were twenty-five years ago -- from the timeless secrets of life, learned from a mountain-dwelling hermit, to the stir he caused by staying with a black family in North Carolina, to his hours of intense labor in Southern mills. Many, many miles later, he learned lessons about his country and himself that resonate to this day -- and will inspire a new generation to get out, hit the road and explore.

Publisher: [New York] : Harper Perennial, 2001, c1979
ISBN: 9780060959555
006095955X
Branch Call Number: E169.02 .J37 2001
917.30492 JENKINS
Characteristics: 290 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm

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May 16, 2019

A Walk Across America--- (published in 1979). This is book ONE of Jenkins 2 book series, --
A Walk West is Book 2. Both books are written about Jenkin's walking journey in 1973 from the Gulf of Mexico to the West Coast.

John Muir walked across America a hundred years ago. Jenkins' book was one of the first popularized 'walking' books.

Book One: Alot of writing about serious physical exhaustion, hunger, dangerous weather, frightening circumstances; running out of money; facing small town bias against him;
(it was late fall when he began the walking journey; the season moved deep into the winter season: the South has a serious winter season too.)

Year 1973 -- Just graduated from college, he wanted to take time to experience regions of the USA and form a better understanding of his life .... Jenkins story...and his big dog Coop walked...this is writing about the people and places along the way from tip of the East Coast, down the Appalachian Trail, to the Gulf of Mexico. It isn't a romantic 'oh my this is....' but rather, a simply told story, chapter by chapter varying.
The writing is nothing fancy, which is okay.

Photos, b/white give a feeling: and some color too.

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danielestes
Oct 03, 2015

I can't recall when my budding obsession with taking long walks first took hold, but I'm sure Peter Jenkins' A Walk Across America had something to do with it.

In addition to normal recreational hikes, I used to plan odd outings like 20+ mile hikes around my town, and once, while living away for a while, I took a bus 13 miles to the end of its route just to walk back. My apartment while I was at college was two miles away and I would walk every day. For my first job I lived 10 miles away and I walked the first 4 miles and took the bus for the rest. My sister and I once planned to walk the entire Appalachian Trail, and while my own life got busy as life tends to, she actually went and did it. Yes, she hiked the 2,000+ mile trail and it took her 5 months.

Anyway, this is Peter Jenkins debut account of his many adventures across America and throughout the world. I haven't read his other books with the exception of The Walk West, which completes his literal walk across America. Forget that one though. This one is much better. It's a journey of a man, accompanied by his forever companion Cooper, seeking something more in this life, to expand his horizons and open his eyes. The people he meets and the lessons learned have undeniably defined him.

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