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Dennis Blanchard's promise to his brother haunted him for over forty years Finally, when there were no excuses, he set out on the Appalachian Trail to fulfill that promise He learned that walking in the wilderness can reconnect one with a Norman Rockwell America that at times seems long lost and forgotten The difficulties encountered walking over , miles are easily underestimated and trouble can begin long before setting a first step on the trail Blanchard's introspective demonstrates that bears, rattlesnakes and challenging terrain may be far less formidable than some of life's subtle dangers


10 thoughts on “Three Hundred Zeroes

  1. Rob Rob says:

    I gave this book five stars because I loved it as a great story about people and adventure. (I'm a lot harsher of a critic with fiction books.)

    The book a human-interest story about a man who had always planned to hike the trail with his brother. Unfortunately, his brother died in Vietnam. So one day life stopped getting in the way as the author says, so he packed up his pack, brought along his brother's Purple Heart medal, and set off. Along the way he met all kinds of people: fellow trail hikers, good Samaritans, and ordinary folks. He had memorable encounters with wildlife. Oh, and he had a sextuple-bypass also, which sidelined him for 300 zero (no miles) days, hence the title. In the end, he made a full recovery from his operation, got back on the trail and succeeded in his quest, and had his faith in humanity restored.

    I read the EPUB version published by Smashwords. I like their philosophy: the book isn't DRM-crippled and it isn't priced just a couple dollars less than the hardback edition.


  2. Janell P Janell P says:

    Definitely recommend! Dennis is a good writer.

    I liked the book because Dennis is closer to my age (or make that I'm closer to his age) and I can relate (not to the heart issue). Plus he's an engineer with a sense of humor which is rare, and a bonus because of the intelligence/intellect behind the humor. There were a couple of times while reading where I actually laughed aloud at implied humor - I'm not sure every reader would *get* or understand but that's one of the things about his writing that makes the book all the more readable. I've read many books on the AT and this is one of the more appealing of those books. Humor and not too much whining - that will be my motto when I finally get my butt out there on a hike.


  3. Jim Perry Jim Perry says:

    A fascinating account of an individual's trek along the entire Appalachian Trail. Amateur Radio operators may be interested in the author's use of ham radio, but these are only passing mentions. The flora, fauna, and personal difficulties and observations provide great reading from front cover to back.

    This book should be required reading for anyone considering assaulting the AT. It's absolutely riveting for the rest of us AT-hiker wannabees.

    --Jim (Amateur Radio Operator KJ3P)


  4. Elizabeth Parker Elizabeth Parker says:

    When I first ordered this book, I have to admit, I did not know much about the Appalachian Trail. I had heard about it, but never really took the time to research where it was exactly, its length, what wildlife was there and so much more.

    For the past five years, I had been hiking a little and considered my walks of two to four miles once every other month something to be proud of. Then I read Three Hundred Zeroes and laughed at just how little two to four miles is to an avid hiker!

    This is a beautiful story about a hike that was promised to the author's brother who passed away at such an early age in Vietnam. The author was finally able to do so forty years later and describes his experiences along the way.

    His encounters with bears time and time again left me wondering if they had to decided to accept him as one of their own...especially when he came face to face with one while he was taking a shower!

    Even the mere thought of hiking through a monsoon would send me back to civilization in a heartbeat, but the author pressed on and made it through. That takes determination and endurance. It was absolutely amazing to me that the author would persevere. That is a true testament to one's character to be that self-motivated to stick with it.

    The helpful and caring people he ran into along the way restores your faith in humanity, in a time when the hustle and bustle of everyday life can make it seem like there is none.

    The author's humorous story telling makes this an easy read, combining both helpful hints mixed with real-life experiences. This book has also left me wondering if I would ever consider doing such a thing.

    I would recommend this to anyone, even if you had never hiked a day in your life, but especially if you are thinking of hiking a trail as long as this one, as there are many helpful pointers along the way.


  5. Josh Liller Josh Liller says:

    This is the 4th book I've read about the AT and I feel it's definitely the best one besides A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail.

    The author shares his experiences hiking the entire AT, albiet split over two years. He's interrupted by the need for heart surgery - the 300 zero mileage days referenced by the title. Along the way he encounters something like 38 bears and nearly steps on 3 rattlesnakes. He struggles with a drought on the first year of his hike and frequent storms on the second. All the while he carries two unusual items: the Purple Heart medal from his brother's death serving in Vietnam and a self-built miniature ham radio.

    Blanchard is colorful and cheery. He writes well and focuses on his experience, with some good self-reflection. The chapters are all broken up into short sections, making for ease of starting and stopping your reading. I'd say it's definitely better than Skywalker and A Journey North (the two non-Bryson AT books I've read).


  6. Sue Sue says:

    Retired Electrical Engineer, Dennis Blanchard, had been considering hiking the Appalachian Trail for over 30 years. Connecting with a hiking club in Sarasota FL gave him the push he needed so with his wife's blessing he begins his journey dedicating it to his brother's memory (killed in action in VietNam). Having hiked about 675 miles, Dennis decides he better return home to have the recurrent chest pains checked out, thinking it was minor and he would be back on the trail soon. Unfortunately, he had 6 blocked arteries requiring major surgery. The books title is for the 300 days of recovery, afterwhich he returned to the trail to complete the next 1400 miles!

    The story is told with a touch of humor, inspiration, courage and strength - never bogging down in depression but stating it as a fact of the recovery process and moving on.

    The journal of the trail is one of people (and animals)interacted with, weather conditions, physical challenges of the trail and of course, the emotional finish.

    I highly recommend this book to any outdoor hiking enthusiasts or people who are meeting their own physical challenges!


  7. Michael Delaware Michael Delaware says:

    I loved the humor and candid observations that Mr. Blanchard makes as he tells his story step by step as he progresses down the AT. I have long had a goal to be able to thru-hike this trail, and this book was an inspiration for me to re-visit that dream. The book is more than just an entertaining story, it is a great educational tool for anyone aspiring to hike the AT. It answers questions about the little nuances of trail life, and gives one insight into what to expect.
    The author dealt with many adversities in his journey through the AT, including bears, rattle snakes, rough terrain and worst of all a serious heart condition that he later overcame. His story is told from the heart as he awakens the reader to the Norman Rockwell America that still exists in the culture and life surrounding the trail. I truly enjoyed staying up all night reading this wonderful story. It is a must read for anyone who loves hiking.


  8. Shelly♥ Shelly♥ says:

    I really enjoyed this book. This is my 4th AT book - and all of them have been different. This memoir is the story of 60 year old Dennis Blanchard (trail name K1) who is hiking the trail in part, in memory of his late brother - killed in Vietnam. They had always talked of walking the trail together. It's a more modern story than any of the others I have read - K1 starts his hike in 2007. This story takes different twists and turns, but still gives the reader the essence of the trail. Lots of good stories in this one, and told in a very folksy manner - as if K1 himself were sitting down with you to tell his story.

    I will say this is a worthwhile read for anyone who loves the great outdoors, who believes in the good of the American people, and believes that there is a piece of all of us that has the ability to overcome!

    Thanks to K1 for sharing his story!


  9. Garrett W Coble Garrett W Coble says:

    This is the second AT Hiker story I have read (A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson was the first). I enjoyed this book very much. It is a perfect depiction of how every hiker's story is going to be different, but in the end there are some key commonalities. I liked how Dennis offered insight into the human side of his hike... Like many hikers before him, he had a set of goals to accomplish from the onset. But along the way, Dennis does a wonderful job taking in the interactions with people and wildlife around him and sharing that with the reader. Not as funny as Mr. Bryson's account, but holds a better balance of funny and useful information for those who are really serious about hiking. The author's account was an inspiration on many levels and has prompted me to begin setting my own personal goals for hiking expeditions beyond day-hiking.


  10. Jonna Jonna says:

    I started this book with average expectations and fell in love with it shortly after the 10th page. The author is really an inspiration, the story is easy to read and he really kept me laughing with his tales from the trail.
    I now understand what the title means - which I won't spoil for anyone else.
    Anyone who has thought about, planning on or has hiked (thru or section) the AT should read this just to read another's perspective on the trail and his life lessons he received from it.

    Sure there are some parts I wish the author would have expanded on more but for the most part this was a great, light read.