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Just wanted to give a shout out for the book "A Blistered Kind of Love: One Couples Trial by Trail" by Angela & Duffy Ballard. I am only about 2/3rds the way through it so far, but it has been a great book so far! It is out of the norm for me since most of my reading involves the AT, but this one is about the PCT. It has a nice mixture of trail talk, town talk, a little gear talk, a little history and a few colorful characters. Not to mention, a couple coming to learn about each other. All-in-all, it is an easy read that just seems to flow from page to page (at least for me).

I am excited to get to the end, but at the same time, I know that once I get there, the book will be over...


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My Mom recommended this to me, but I can't get it from our library.  I'm going to either have to remember to borrow it and read it the next time we are visiting her, or else (gasp!) actually buy the book.  I only fear our house may collapse under the weight of books, so I hope it's at least available as an ebook.

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Rebecca, it is available as a Kindle book. and for $9.99 last time I looked. My wife got the book book for me for Christmas... along with my first Kindle (she bought the Kindle after she bought the book...) I am also trying to get books on Kindle now... but I gotta admit, it ain't the same... But carrying the Kindle on a hike sure beats the weight of carrying the books!  :)

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Stick, I have a Nook, so probably could get it that way.  Should stop being so cheap :)

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I'm just startign to read this book.  Glad to hear a second good review of it.

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stick. I agree about the kindle. I was doubtfull about ever getting a kindle, for myself or my daughter, who loves to read. My friend had one and recently upgraded to the kindle fire, so he gave me the kindle.  I did not like the idea of taking a book out of my hands or my 10 year old daughters hands. The kindle solves the problem of hundreds of books stacked all over my house...when I say hundreds..I might be short changing it. I have boxes in the basement, and boxes in the attic.  So, it solves that problem. It also is great for me when commuting to work now, I can have an entire library in my pack...and also I am looking forward to bringing it when I go camping. ALSO...geeze, no more waiting a week for my book to arrive. I just click it on Amazon..and its on the kindle within 10 seconds..I LOVE THAT.

Well, just ranting about the kindle. This book that you are reading is actually on my wish list..Thanks.


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Just finished this book.  A fun read, once I got past the usual trail history, and packing chapters.

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Just finished this book.  A fun read, once I got past the usual trail history, and packing chapters.

Yeah, I have come to find that most trail books start that way...

All-in-all though, I really enjoyed this book. I think it was because it was my first PCT book...

Sure does make me want to get out there and see the PCT............


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Just finished this book (on my Nook), based on the recommendations here.  Gotta say, I loved it.  Great balance of trail experiences, relationship struggles, nature, social commentary, etc.  I expected the dual perspective writing to be kind of gimmicky, but it really worked, mainly because they are both very good writers (Angela is quite a bit better, IMHO).  As someone who loves to backpack with my wife, I thought the observations about gender differences were actually pretty insightful.  Thanks for the recommendation.
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I just started it, as Woodsie very kindly sent it along with the other one.  I'll pass it on to anyone interested when I finish.

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It was OK.   That's about it, IMO.

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I just remember that I though Angela was a bit whiney and that I couldn't relate to her. But I read it more than 10 years ago, so take it for what it is.

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I just remember that I though Angela was a bit whiney and that I couldn't relate to her. But I read it more than 10 years ago, so take it for what it is.

They're both a bit whiney.  But they maybe have the right.  Totally bit off more than they could chew, and managed to mostly chew it anyway.  I enjoyed the book, and envied them their youthful bodies that could take the abuse.

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It was OK.   That's about it, IMO.

That was my experience as well. I read and enjoyed about the first 50-60% of the book, but the format became a little repetitious and tedious for me after that. I did a lot of skimming after that and then read the last part.

Which, ironically enough, is approximately how I have always imagined doing a trail like the PCT would be--a little tedious and almost a drudgery, even, once the novelty had worn off and the relative sameness of every day sets in.

I love BPing more than just about anything else, but that's probably partly because I am only able to spend a modest number of days each year doing it--it's always fresh to me.
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It was OK.   That's about it, IMO.

That was my experience as well. I read and enjoyed about the first 50-60% of the book, but the format became a little repetitious and tedious for me after that. I did a lot of skimming after that and then read the last part.

Which, ironically enough, is approximately how I have always imagined doing a trail like the PCT would be--a little tedious and almost a drudgery, even, once the novelty had worn off and the relative sameness of every day sets in.

I love BPing more than just about anything else, but that's probably partly because I am only able to spend a modest number of days each year doing it--it's always fresh to me.

That would also be true in part because the middle of the PCT is frankly less spectacular.  I really can't see myself doing the non-scenic parts.  The Sierra, the North Cascades, great.  The clearcuts south of Snoqualmie and the long, dry stretches in N. CA and Oregon, not so much.  Al the books get a bit thin there.  Of course, in addition to there being less to look at, the kinks and hitches are more worked out, and I suspect that the hike is, as you say, a lot of sameness.  From a writer's perspective, the trail is problematic :)

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I posted my discussion of this book and I Promise Not to Suffer on my blog this morning.  I thought both books had interest and flaws.  
http://www.ninjalibrarian.com/2013....ws.html


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