Appalachian! An honorable route
Galdos Elguezabal, Jon
Editorial: Caligrama Penguin Random House
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the Appalachian Trail, is an entirely mountain trail, with a length of 3523 kilometers and a cumulative elevation gain of 141580 meters. It runs through an impressive forest mass, crossing great forests and National Parks of the USA. In other times territories belonging to Indian nations such as the Cherokee, Delaware, Catawbas or Abenakies, places that formed the Thirteen British Colonies and that gave origin to the United States of America. The route crosses 14 states: Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. This means walking and living in the forest, practically like another animal, for a long time, which in the case of our protagonist was 142 consecutive days, becoming the first Thru-Hiker in Spain to complete this trail, alone and without support equipment. Those who manage to complete this journey enjoy great recognition in the USA, being considered almost heroes. An adventure that can be considered a truly extraordinary life experience.
The author of this book completed the route with the trailname or nickname "Basajaun", a term that in Basque mythology refers to a character that inhabits the forests, half man, half animal.