So I think a little explanation is needed for the title of my blog. When Bill Bryson walked the Appalachian Trail he sent out a letter with his Xmas cards asking people if they would like to walk the AT with him and the one person who replied was Stephen Katz. (I have done the same. See the page called an invitation.)
From the minute Katz makes his first appearance in the book ‘A Walk in the Woods’ he captivates us with his sardonic one liners and fantastic observations about Bryson’s comments. In particular when they meet other people, his ability to get straight to their obvious shortcomings is nothing short of mischevious and marvelous at the same time.
Because Katz and Bryson walked at different paces, Bryson was nearly always ahead of Katz and was constantly waiting or going back to look for Katz. It is in fact pivotal to the way the AT works that people look after each other in many different ways.
I am more than slightly regretful that I won’t have my own Katz on the AT as I am very rarely sardonic or witty, unless by accident. All applicants for the job of sarcastic, sardonic and wit on tap please apply.
My walk is dedicated to Stephen and Bill without whom I would be staying at home warm and comfy on my sofa…. Nah, I’d rather do the walk. At least then I can say I shit in the woods.