Thanks to writer Hugh Owen and The Trek for reviewing The Trail is the Teacher!
By Hugh Owen
Clay Bonnyman Evans’s new book about his Appalachian Trail hike—The Trail Is the Teacher: Living and Learning on the Appalachian Trail—is a delightful read, filled with trail icons, trail characters, and lessons for anyone considering an AT hike.
When Evans (trail name Pony) started hiking the AT in March 2016, he thought he might finish about 750 miles, one-third of the trail. If he liked the hike, he would knock off the rest of the trail in the coming years.
It didn’t take him long to change that plan. He fell in love with the trail and finished in Norwich, VT, in September 2016 after several breaks and a flip-flop from Vermont to Katahdin.
“My 2016 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail was not a thing of beauty,” Evans writes. “It was, at best, a patchwork quilt.” He flipped around several times, knocking off sections and moving on.
“But it was my hike, and I love it as ferociously as a mama bear protecting her cubs. “I am haunted by, it every day,” he writes. “I expect I will be, until the day I die.”