If you are looking for a book to inspire and motivate you, look no further than the Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail. Why would this book serve as an inspiration or motivational read to you? The reason is simple; it tells the tale of Emma Gatewood, a 67-year old woman who in 1955 told her family that she was going out for a walk, and indeed she did, on a 800 mile walk along the Appalachian Trail with just a change of clothes and a little less than two hundred dollars in her pocket.
Having an adventure of a lifetime, Grandma Gatewood, as the media started calling her, didn’t just manage to successfully beat this trail once, she did it three times and in turn her efforts made it possible for the better maintenance of this trail as she was very vocal about the poor condition it was in. By taking on this monumental walk, Gatewood became the first person to do so alone, in fact she became the first person to do this at all.
The book about her adventures was written by Ben Montgomery, who was given full access to all of Emma Gatewoods diaries, hiking journals and who interviewed her surviving family members and the people she met while on her walk in order to make her story available to all of us. This is something we appreciate very much, as people with Gatewood’s level of drive are scarce.
Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail will show you want it means to be determined and brave, what it means to stick to your goals and reap the rewards and what it means to simply follow the path you set for yourself.
Get it from Amazon here.
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