Just 46 days. 46 days to hike the 2,181 miles of the Appalachian Trail. 46 days in icy rain and enervating heat to scramble over rocks, climb mountains, ford rivers. 46 days to shriek with the agony of shin splints, shiver uncontrollably with hypothermia, stagger down the trail with nausea and stomach ailments. If Jennifer Pharr Davis could stay mentally tough and physically able all the way from Mount Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia she just might break the record. She just needed 46 days.
Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph is Jennifer Pharr Davis’s inspiring story of her attempt to break the record for fastest supported thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Blessed with a sincere love for the beauty and challenges of the trail and gifted with the physical and mental ability to hike an average of 47 miles a day, Jennifer felt that trying to set the record was her calling. Trying to break the record may not have been fun, indeed sometimes it was pure misery, but for Jennifer it offered far greater rewards, “I felt called to give [the] trail everything I had.”
Readers who would like to vicariously hike in a more leisurely and funnier fashion might prefer Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods or Dan White’s The Cactus Eaters to Davis’s high-adrenaline rush to Springer Mountain. But Called Again rewards readers with a mentally-tough, superb athlete who generously shares the emotional highs and devastating physical lows on her quest to fulfill her calling.
Mark your calendar! Jennifer Pharr Davis will be speaking about her extraordinary outdoor experiences with a book sale and signing following her talk. You can meet Jennifer on Monday, September 16, 7:00-8:30 pm in the library’s Marvin Auditorium 101C.