Bryson relates the adventures and misadventures of two totally unfit hikers as he and longtime friend Stephen Katz traverse the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Returning from more than twenty years in Britain, he set out to rediscover his homeland, but the two men find themselves awed by the terrain and stymied be the unfamiliar local culture. His grueling yet fascinating trek gave him a rare perspective on American life. Some strong language. Bestseller. 1997.