Everywhere is Walking Distance

The comedian Steven Wright said, "everywhere is walking distance if you have the time."  

Walking memoirs abound, with a resurrgence tied to Cheryl Strayed's Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. But don't miss the earlier A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson. The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot details the author's effort to become more intimately acquainted with his country by starting at his home in Cambridge, England and following the old roads and ancient tracks that crisscross his country. For a take on women and walking, try Lauren Elkin’s Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London.

If you're hankering for a long walk but have no time, walk vicariously with this list. Happy reading, and happy trails.

 

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My favorite walking book is "Planetwalker" by John Francis. It's the story of how Francis witnesses an oil spill first-hand, and decides to give up all forms of motorized/non-human-powered transportation. It's a moving example of the commitment to one's principles, and also has lots of great descriptions of the things he sees and people he meets as he travels all over California by foot.
Thanks! I added it to the list, and my own TBR.

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