Bill Bryson is my all-time favourite travel writer. His books, including Down Under, Neither Here Nor There, Notes from a Big Country and Made in America to name a few, are some of the funniest and most entertaining books I’ve read. I’m also slightly biased as he happens to be the chancellor of my university, Durham, where I spent many long hours, months and years studying in what was called the Bill Bryson Library.
So I can’t tell you how excited I was to find out that his book A Walk In The Woods, the story of his hike along the Appalachian trail, had been made into a film and after weeks of scouring the internet, to find it being played at a tiny independent cinema in Melbourne last weekend. It was one of the best films I’ve seen in a while.
“In this new comedy adventure, celebrated travel writer, Bill Bryson, instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife, and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail – 2,200 miles of America’s most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine. The peace and tranquility he hopes to find, though, is anything but, once he agrees to being accompanied by the only person he can find willing to join him on the trek – his long lost and former friend Katz, a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer who, after a lifetime of relying on his charm and wits to keep one step ahead of the law – sees the trip as a way to sneak out of paying some debts and sneak into one last adventure before its too late. The trouble is, the two have a completely different definition of the word, “adventure”. Now they’re about to find out that when you push yourself to the edge, the real fun begins.”
It really is a great watch, light-hearted and funny and will inspire you, if anything, to follow your dreams – if Bill Bryson can hike the Appalachian Trail in his sixties, you can do anything you put your mind to! As for me, I am currently adding ‘Hike a trail’ to my bucket list…
(*Feature image is not my own)