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How I walked from Mexico to Canada One Summer
Written by: Gail M. Francis
Narrated by: Wendy Tremont King
Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
4 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Just before her 40th birthday, Gail Francis quit her perfectly good job and set out to hike one of the great trails of the world. Carrying everything she needed on her back, Francis spent five months walking from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail. Along the way, she lost her pack scrambling over scree in the desert, struggled to navigate high mountain passes, and wore the soles off her boots trekking across lava fields - all within some of the most pristine wilderness in the nation. Though she set out alone, her story includes an eclectic cast of characters. From the man walking the entire 2,700 miles in a series of 26 wedding dresses, to the woman making the journey in the company of her pet mouse, Francis learned to count on her fellow hikers for entertainment as well as a few important life lessons.

©2017 Gail M. Francis (P)2019 Tantor

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Very enjoyable book

Really liked this book. An interesting and easy listen. Finished it in just a few days. Was sad it came to an end!

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Lonely Planet's Pacific Crest Trail

This is an ideal book for someone about to "do" the PCT...some needed info. For someone just interested in the adventure, it's a bit of a yawn really. Nothing untoward happens that you wouldn't expect and the author doesn't share any zen-like discoveries about herself.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 2019-04-04

Impressive

In January I read my first hiking book called “Steps Out of Time: One Woman’s Journey on the Camino” by Katharine B. Soper.

In this book Francis is hiking the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) from Mexico to Canada. The author is a natural storyteller. Francis does an excellent job describing the countryside. It is so picturesque; I feel I am right there. I am familiar with the areas she describes and that makes her comments more interesting. She also tells of the people she met along the Trail and includes some humor. Both books discuss problems with the feet, primarily blisters. The author states she is a weak hiker. I would disagree with that as she completed the 2700 miles. When I was young, I might have enjoyed this hike, but now I am happy to be a vicarious hiker.

The book is eight hours and thirty-two minutes. Wendy Tremont King does a good job narrating the book.

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  • James Tighe
  • 2019-07-30

Good Story...Could Have Skipped The Politics

Overall, a good story, well presented in sensible order and flow. Good descriptions of the areas the author experienced. The narrator did a good job.

I fully respect the author's political views, and whether or not they align with my own is irrelevant. However, a fair part of the book seemed to serve as a political-view platform for the author's beliefs. My feeling is that, if the author wishes to present and promote her political position and beliefs, she should absolutely do exactly that, in the form of a politically based book. But, this book has been offered as a book about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail...a trail which I have hiked part of, with the explicit expectation, thankfully fulfilled, of escaping the world of political discourse and influence. It is a good book, but would have been much more closely aligned to it's purported content without the political interjections.

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  • Steve
  • 2019-02-11

Good Story and Good Performance

Enjoyed listening to this book. It kept my interest, it moved well. One or two spots maybe dragged a little, all in all, there was not anything I didn't like about it.

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  • Domonic Webster
  • 2019-04-25

such a great story about a female's perspective

I thought the voice actor did an awesome job telling the story of a long distance hiker. I felt if the reader was the one who hiked. I felt like I was actually along on the trip.

The stories had just enough details that allowed the listner to visualize the trip without drowning in the details. I really appreciate the writer's perspective and her open mindedness to live. she is definitely someone I would love to hike with.

Congrats on your book and successful PCT hike.

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  • K. Whitelaw
  • 2019-04-25

annoying and pretentious.

I love books on thru hikes but couldn't make it through this one. too much judgement and pretense to keep listening.

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  • CHRISTOPHER
  • 2019-03-14

Bummer

If you love liberty and capitalism, this is not the book for you. If you love listening to a hiking book with a rose colored view of unions, socialism and government run healthcare, this is your kind of audio book.

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  • Jenni
  • 2019-05-03

Wish I had a warning

I would have liked this book much more had the author not snuck in her socialist agenda and hatred if Gin rights.

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  • Brian
  • 2019-07-01

Disappointing

The accomplishment of completing the PCT has to be an amazing feeling. The negativity in this book was more than could stand. The writer is critical of almost every action by other hikers and explains how it should be done, and then goes on to state that every help was accepted from every trail angel that offered...which means she wasn't prepared and didn't know. Sorry I wasted my money on this book.

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