I thoroughly enjoyed: Life On Foot: A Walk Across America by Nate Damm.
I read this book in a couple of days, wanting to see what would happen next in Nate's walking journey across the US.
Nate Damm's determination to walk from Maine to San Francisco made for an inspiring read and in so many ways.
But what I liked most about this story overall were the stories of the many good people (including some very original and at time quirky characters) he met along the way, who helped him in various ways: lodging, food, money...That was an inspiration too and confirmation of just how many kind and generous people there really are out there, willing to help a stranger passing through and in need. Loved that.
There were a couple of things that I didn't like about this book but they were minor.
First of all, I was upset by one incident in the book that made Nate "giggle". This was regarding a man (who Nate didn't know) at one of the campgrounds towards the end of the journey. This man was having an altercation with police and they were threatening to taser him. That I did not find funny at all and it seemed out of character to the rest of Nate's story and how I was feeling about the type of person that I thought he was up to that point. Definitely showed a lack of sensitivity on Nate's part, how he reacted to seeing this incident with the police.
I also thought that Nate's diet along the trail was for the most part, really BAD. Lots and lots of junk food: hot dogs, sodas, etc...and a lot of booze too. That didn't take away from the actual story, but it also didn't seem consistent with someone who would need lots of stamina and to be in the good health each day, to continue to walk mile after mile.
One other thing that seemed a little "strange" was that at the end of the journey, only a few friends and his mom were there to greet him. Would there have been no media to record the finish to this amazing walk? I know other people have walked this trail but I would have thought at least a couple of reporters would have been on hand to write up Nate's story that day.
Overall though, a very entertaining read and a journey I'm glad to have shared, via my Kindle Fire! ;-)
"Best wishes and good luck to you Nate, on all your upcoming adventures."
Yours is a story I will never forget.
Overall rating for this eBook: Very Good. 4 out of 5.