Author Jeff Ryan will be book signing Appalachian Odyssey at the 2017 Beyond the Sea Book Festival at Lincolnville Beach, on Saturday, July 22nd, 12:45-2:45. 

About Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-Year Hike on America's Trail:
Unlike through-hikers that complete the Appalachian Trail in one several month trip, Jeffrey Ryan took a different approach. Grabbing weeks here and days off there, it took Jeffrey twenty-eight years to finish the trail one section at a time. Along the way he learned much about himself and made many new friends, including his best friend, Wayne, who made the journey with him from start to finish. Including 75 color photos, this engaging book is part memoir, part natural history and lore, and part practical advice. Whether you've hiked the AT, are planning to hike it, or only wish to dream of hiking it, this is the book to read next.

From the Author:
When a new hiking companion and I went for a one-day hike in Maine in 1985, we had no idea we were actually starting a 2,100 mile, 28-year adventure. 

Inspired by my trail journals, I wrote this book in the spirit of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Each chapter covers a different segment of the trail in the order we hiked it, getting back on the trail in whatever state and place beckoned at the time. Each chapter has a distinct theme, some historical, some hysterical.

Appalachian Odyssey is not a "how to" guide. It also is not a "we ate oatmeal and walked 15 miles" account of life on the trail. Instead, I sought to create an enduring and endearing story told through a refreshing blend of history, photography and humor -- an uplifting reminder that life's most meaningful accomplishments rarely happen overnight, but are achieved by making steady progress toward our goals.


One of the more enjoyable reads I've had in quite some time. I'm not much of a hiker myself, so I was grateful that the author didn't get lost in the minutiae of gear and such. I can't help but compare this to Bill Bryson's book, "A Walk in the Woods", in that the reader is drawn to the inner journey as much as the outward one. That, to me, is always the mark of any great travel book, and what makes this book stand out. I found this to be very well written, with plenty of laugh out loud moments. ~ Charles C.

Jeffrey Ryan sets no speed records on the Appalachian Trail, unless it is for the slowest time ever recorded getting from  Maine to Georgia. But in a world which sometimes seems obsessed with velocity and superficiality, Ryan's story is a reminder that the long slow journeys taken with friends are the best--and the most memorable. His Appalachian Odyssey, destined to be a classic of nature and travel writing, will inspire a new generation of readers to follow in his footsteps. - Robert M.Poole, executive editor (retired), National Geographic