Some of Hiscoe’s memories of his 1973 hike from Maine to Georgia are funny, some are wistful and romantic, and some unsettling. Taken together, they give a vivid picture of what the iconic Appalachian Trial adventure was like back when the country was falling apart and hiking alone down the mountainous spine of the United States was a most strange thing to do.
But this book is more than a simple wilderness tale from the Nixon-era. Through a long career in higher education and corporate life, Hiscoe’s memories kept sneaking back into his consciousness midway through meetings and PowerPoints. He uses these flashbacks to draw consistently fascinating and hilariously cock-eyed parallels between what he saw in the woods and what he found in the offices and classrooms of America.
—David G. Allen, Head of the English Department, The Citadel