South Jersey Trails

I was so encouraged last night as I received the following shout-out from Mike on his blog. Mike (South Jersey Trails) and I connected through blogging prior to my thru-hike in 2014. He was such a loyal follower of my journey and sent me several words of encouragements during my adventure. He has a great blog and I recommend it highly – Mike has finished reading my ebook, “Hike It ForwaBook Cover 2rd,” and shared these powerful words of review:

“….Rowdy, has e-published a book about his Appalachian Trail thru hike! You may remember Dr. Dave as one of the thru-hikers I followed via the internet as he lived the dream back in 2014. He hiked 2,175 miles to raise money for scholarships to the Christian school that he works at out in Ohio,
eventually getting to thru-hike AND raise $40,000 for a great cause. Of the four thru-hikers I followed that year, Dave was the only one to make it.

20140720-172908.jpgI met up with Rowdy/Dave twice while he was on the trail – near Sunfish Pond in New Jersey and, the second time, on top of Mount Greylock in Massachusetts on the final day of my own backpacking trip. I’d been sad when we’d had to shift our own backpacking itinerary North, pretty much eliminating any chance of running into Dave again. Still, I’d asked about him among the thru-hikers that we crossed, and left a note for him in the trail register when we figured that we wouldn’t find him on the trail. Amazingly, we managed to arrive on top of Greylock within minutes of each other… he heading north for Maine, me getting off the trail. I mentioned on what an amazing coincidence it was that we managed to meet up again three weeks after meeting for the first time. Dave assured me that he didn’t believe in coincidences (especially with his experiences on the trail), the hand of God was in everything.

675This faith and Dave’s amazing adventure of a lifetime are at the center of his wonderful little book. Dave filters his adventure through his faith, his wonderful sense of humor, and his sense of adventure that got him out on the trail in the first place, making for a fun, quick, and informative read. With his education background showing, Dave devotes several chapters explaining the basics of thru hiking in easy to digest, entertaining tidbits. While its certainly not a comedy book, there were parts I simply had to laugh out loud out while reading. Overall, a very enjoyable read! Why not get yourself a copy for over the holidays? You’ll love it!”


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Thanks Mike, for such a glowing review. After reading your words, I felt like a wanted to read my book again (for the 98th time).

Categories: Appalachian Trail, Backpack, Book, Dayton Christian, Hike It Forward, Hiking, Maine, Massachusettes, Mt Greylock, New Jersey, South Jersey Trails, Sunfish Pond, Thru-Hike, Trail | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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  1. janloyd

    Dave, what a great endorsement for a well-written account. I’m just in the 2nd chapter, but I can tell it’s not dry and dusty, which could be true of an account of something like a hike. I’m looking forward to continuing as the holiday craziness begins to subside. Congratulations! A great idea to do an ebook first!

    • Jan – I felt very honored as I read Mike’s review. You can tell that he is an excellent writer himself.Thanks for jumping into Hike It Forward. Some of the trail was dry and dusty but that was not the design of the book. Have a great holiday filled with great family as you celebrate the “Reason” for the season. I look forward to your book launch in January – “The With-ness of our God” also available on Amazon!

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