"Written in the best tradition of literary travel logs, Illig's narrative weaves a rich tapestry of trail culture, the people he meets and the Herculean efforts of Illig's own hiking accomplishment. We not only get the details of how one begins and executes a four-month-long through-hike, but we get a sense of the author through the strong voice that runs throughout the book." --Peter Laurie
What people are saying... "Just in time to counteract Bill Bryson's lumbering: A Walk in the Woods, here is a book by a guy who actually made it through."JHM "The author’s style is breezy, intimate; he talks to you, to himself, to his trail mates. When he describes a day on the AT you see it, feel it, as if you are there. He writes fluidly, always compellingly readable." JW
Unflinchingly honest, vividly told, funny, true, fascinating, exciting---Pacific Dream is all these things. John writes with a candor that's shockingly fresh and real. His prose is clear as the water in one of the rushing streams he fords. It's as if the reader walks the trail with him, and he makes every step of his trek from Mexico to Canada as exciting as it is surprising.