Where's the Next Shelter? is the true story of three travelers on the Appalachian Trail, a 2,000-mile hike that stretches from Georgia to Maine, told from the perspective of Gary Sizer, a seasoned backpacker and former marine who quickly finds himself humbled by the endeavor. He teams up with Megan, a sassy college grad whose indomitable spirit eclipses her lack of experience; and Lemmy, a cartoonist from overseas whose off-kilter commentary on the wonders and frustrations of the trail keeps everyone laughing.
Sprawling through the woods and towns of the Appalachian Mountains, the trail carries the trio through real and fanciful ups and downs ranging from hilarious to perilous. Much more than an orderly account of mountaintops and meals, this book is an adventure about friends figuring things out as they go. It's about screwups and solutions, awe and inspiration.
If you long for the horizon or to sleep under the stars, then come along for the hike of a lifetime. All you have to do is take the first step.
©2015 Gary L Sizer II (P)2016 Gary L Sizer II
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5 out of 5 stars
By A S Foster on 30-12-17

really, really enjoyed this book. wept at the end

I really loved thus book. lovely pace, people and landscapes. I wept with you at the end Green Giant. x

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amanda on 13-09-17

The best account i have read to date ...

Narration excellent and passionate in recounting his own adventure.
Just excellent and very engaging ... yeeha!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rebecca on 02-06-16

If You Liked AWOL, You'll Like This

I was given a free copy of this audiobook with the condition being I write a review, although the content of that review was left up to me.

As someone obsessed with the Appalachian Trail, I enjoyed every minute of this book, just as I enjoyed the similar "AWOL on the Appalachian Trail" which I read right before this book.

The men in AWOL and this novel are so similar in life circumstances: both men solidly in mid-life crisis land, a little older than the typical AT crowd, refugees from cubicle-land, both telling the story of how they through-hiked the Appalachian Trail, that it is surprising there was so little overlap in content.

One thing that helps is I believe their hikes were 10 years apart. AWOL takes a more data-driven, analytical approach whereas this novel goes more into the social aspect of the AT, which is just as interesting. And there are plenty of good through-hiking experiences and tips throughout the book.

The writing was a bit rough in places, I felt not as professional or super-edited by professionals as I am used to, which can make certain passages more confusing, especially in audiobook format where you can miss a few words sometimes, the same thing with the reading, it was definitely decent; much better than I expected from an amateur reader but still not super-professional all the time. Those are why am giving it 4 stars rather than 5.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bryan Colvin on 21-07-16

Great Book

This audio book is vey well done and quite entertaining to listen to. Being a through hiker myself it is great to see an AT book written that represents a real through hike.

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