This book was my pick. I first read it a couple of years ago and was struck by a number of things.
First, there was the great story of trails from the beginning of life to the Appalachian Trail and beyond. I thought this was great and I loved the different branches of science that were brought in to the history of trails.
Second, the personal stories that he told felt really poignant and that he was using trails to explore both his own and our greater philosophical approach to life in general and life outdoors in particular.
Finally was the AT story woven through the narrative. I’ve never set foot on the AT, but since Bill Bryson’s book (but there’s a review there for another time) it has fascinated me - especially when Scott Jurek and Karl Meltzer exchanged FKTs. The international AT concept from the end of the book struck a chord, especially as the Irish branch puts a slice closer to home.
I’m looking forward to everyone else’s thoughts!