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by Christopher S. Wren


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Walking to Vermont book. Christopher Wren retired as a foreign correspondent for the New York times, departing for his retirement home in Fairlee, Vermont - on foot! This book is the story of his journey.

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Walking to Vermont: From Times Square into the Green Mountains - a Homeward Adventure. by Christopher S. Wren. Traveling with an unwieldy pack and a keen curiosity, Christopher Wren bids farewell to the New York Times newsroom in midtown Manhattan and saunters up Broadway, through Harlem, the Bronx, and the affluent New York suburbs of Westchester and Putnam Counties. As his trek takes him into the Housatonic River Valley of Connecticut, the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and along a bucolic riverbank in New Hampshire, the strenuous challenges become as much emotional as physical.

Roger Rosenblatt Where Christopher Wren walks is always an exotic country, even when the terrain is the Bronx . Best of all, he brings his love of adventure to the adventure of his life. What great luck that he asked us along.

Roger Rosenblatt Where Christopher Wren walks is always an exotic country, even when the terrain is the Bronx, Westchester, and Vermont.

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As his trek takes him into the Housatonic River Valley of Connecticut, the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and along a bucolic riverbank in New Hampshire, the strenuous challenges become as much emotional as physical. Wren loses his way in a suburban thicket of million-dollar mansions, dodges speeding motorists, seeks serenity at a convent, shivers through a rainy night.

Wren has woven an intensely personal story that is candid and often downright hilarious

Wren has woven an intensely personal story that is candid and often downright hilarious. As Vermont turns from a destination into a state of mind, he concludes, "I had stumbled upon the secret of how utterly irrelevant chronological age i. This book, from the author of the acclaimed bestseller The Cat Who Covered the World, will delight not just hikers, walkers, and other lovers of the outdoors, but also anyone who contemplates retirement, wonders about foreign correspondents, or relishes a lively, off-beat adventure, even when it unfolds close to home.

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From Times Square into the Green Mountains - a Homeward Adventure.

As his trek takes him into the Housatonic River Valley of Connecticut, the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the Green Mountains of Vermont .

From Publishers Weekly: Whereas retirement from a successful career is often synonymous with a blowout party and the purchase of a sports car, former New York Times reporter Wren, who served as bureau chief in Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, Ottawa and Johannesburg, chose to defy the status quo and celebrate his own retirement by hiking nearly 400 miles in five weeks from Manhattan to Fairlee, Vt. Though this is a solo rite-of-passage, Wren, who became known on the trails as "Super Tortoise" for his slow but steadfast pace, encounters and befriends fellow hikers from around the world. Along the way, they swap camping stories and compare equipment, and as Wren's course meanders through fields and mountains, torrential downpours and tranquil sunsets, he learns to find comfort in the muddy, wet and open terrain. Wren departs from New York armed with the basics, including a copy of Thoreau's Walden, and slowly leaves the city's frazzled pace behind. Accompanied sporadically by old friends out for a day hike, Wren sheds his would-be retiree facade to become a hardened and resolute mountain man. With each state, he encounters refreshing vistas, new faces and mishaps, whether a twisted ankle or a risky tick-bite. Though navigating the snaking paths along the Appalachian Trail doesn't quite compare with interviewing an opium drug lord in Southeast Asia or going on an unplanned cocaine bust in Colombia, Wren fills this report with humor and historical references, tying escapades of his past with adventures from his current voyage. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Comments: (7)

Ka
This book started out somewhat slow for me.I even questioned the author's writing ability at first. But a couple of chapters in it gained momentum and my interest. I enjoyed the book very much.
Thetalen
I have yet to hike the Appalachian trail, and I'm only 41, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author has some wisdom well worth sharing, as well as a very candid view of his experience. I didn't feel he was in denial at all. Rather, he was realizing that 65 isn't so old, after all. This book is about the physical AND emotional journey into retirement. If you are interested in human nature as well as mother nature, chances are you will enjoy it. I gave it 5 stars to make up for some of those 2 star submissions. I've given it to my Mom, who has read it and enjoyed it and plans to give it to my sister. I wouldn't be surprised if it makes it's way to my Dad after that ... Enjoy.
THOMAS
A well written and interesting story. I'm glad I read it.
Samowar
Liked the read. 5 stars for the trail stories, just didn't love the tangents about his (albeit impressive) life as a journalist. A noble and unique perspective about the transition from NYC professional to Vermont retiree.
Perdana
One of those books you don't want to end. I think the less than quarter mile walk to a nearby strip center a challenge but this kept enthralled for the entire journey. Mr Wren doesn't just describe the rigors of trail hiking and the incentives of fellow walkers he interperces with historical information about the towns and bridges and monuments along the way. And he compares many of the rigors to experiences he has had all over the globe writing about wars and politics for the NYTimes. This is not the humor of Bill Bryson's Walk in the woods or Strayed's finding herself on the Pacific Crest trail but a readable tour of a narrow part of New England. Give it a few pages to start and you won't be disappointed.
Manona
Embracing retirement at the traditional age of 65, former correspondent Christopher Wren decides to leave his New York Times office (literally) and walk to his retirement home in northern Vermont. On his first day of walking he decides to visit an ATM machine, only to discover that his last several paychecks never made it into his bank account. So on this first, heralded day of his walk, he literally walks back home to his New York apartment, his wife and a home-cooked dinner.

The money situation rectified, on Day Two, he makes it up to Yonkers. The adventure has begun. His roadside walking as a gutsy pedestrian in Westchester puts him at odds to an auto-filled world. In this region, sidewalks and dedicated hiking trails are few and far between. Instead, McMansions and auto-oriented travel are the norm. Wren longs for safer, open spaces but it actually takes him until Connecticut until he begins to connect with the landscape.

"Walking to Vermont" is as much a journey into Wren's past as an overseas correspondent as it is a journey into his future, lots of comparisons to many places are made. On this trip Wren wrestles with his vintage backpack bearing considerable weight. Listening to his body and by observing others, he increasingly lightens his load as the days and weeks go by. However, Wren is no purist. He isn't above staying at a motel or doing an overnight visit with a friend. As he moves onto the Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail (which are co-extensive in the southern half of Vermont), Wren has become an expert at firing up his camp stove, a master at filtering water and a seasoned hiker. His encounters with day hikers, townspeople and through-hikers enrich this trip. It's an enjoyable journey which I enriched by following along with my collection of DeLorme maps.
skriper
I came across this book in the local library while waiting for my wife to choose some books. I read it over a two day period and basically couldn't put it down. It is essentially a book of contrasts in that the author walks out of Times Square, New York with all its bustle, through Harlem and out of the city to the north before entering country areas as he heads towards Vermont. Part of the book is in the City, part is on the Appalachian Trail and part is on the Vermont Long Trail. On the way he stays with friends, camps in shelters on the trail, filters his water, and then on the odd occasion stays in a nice hotel. I was interested in his observation that as soon as hikers entered the towns they would do what they needed to do such as have a good meal and then they would be anxious to be back on the trail again. Walking day after day is more like the world we evolved in rather than this artificial protective shell called civilization that we have built for ourselves. On the way there are interesting historical observations - who would have thought that George Washington would have paid $500 to have his horse rescued from a fall (and was he over charged - $500 was a lot of money in 1777).

Despite the hardships on the trail you get a feeling that the author really came alive on this trip. The longest I have ever walked in one day is 20 miles and I have every admiration for the long distances covered here hiking day after day through what are often tough conditions. I have only done short hikes on the Appalachian Trail although I did a huge amount of hiking in England but whenever I look at a map of the Appalachian Trail you can see immediately that it is a tough hike with a lot of altitude changes. Wren met a lot of interesting people on the trip, many of whom were hiking alone which is probably the best way to do it.

This is the kind of book that you could buy and then open up and read again five years later and I can recommend buying this one. I hope that Christopher Wren is enjoying his retirement in Vermont and that he still finds time to hike.
Walking to Vermont: From Times Square Into the Green Mountains -- a Homeward Adventure download epub
United States
Author: Christopher S. Wren
ISBN: 1402579462
Category: Travel
Subcategory: United States
Language: English
Publisher: RB Large Print (January 1, 2004)
Pages: 357 pages