Dennis Blanchard


I was born in Bristol, Connecticut. After a stint in the U.S. Air Force I moved to New Hampshire with my wife, Jane. Never living very far from the Appalachian Trail, there was always the seductive siren's call to hike it. In 2007 I set out to hike the whole trail, but had to interrupt the hike for a six-artery heart bypass operation after 600 miles. I took three hundred days to recover and in 2008 went back and finished all 2,176 miles (3500 km) of the trail. This resulted in my first book, THREE HUNDRED ZEROES.
To support my hiking habit I've spent most of my life working as an electrical engineer. I'm an avid ham radio enthusiast and have authored numerous pieces for magazines such as the amateur radio journal, QST and other technical magazines, as well as motorcycle adventure articles. When not off wandering in the woods I live in Sarasota, Florida.
Watch for the upcoming book: A Few More Zeroes:Lost with the wind and the stars on the Camino de Santiago

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Three Hundred Zeroes
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,540. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals
A promise to his brother haunted him for over forty years. Finally, Blanchard set out on the Appalachian Trail with his brother's Purple Heart Medal to fulfill that promise. He learned that the wilderness and solitude can reconnect one with a Norman Rockwell America that at times seems long lost and forgotten. This humorous story demonstrates that adventure truly begins in the heart.

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