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Charlie Duane at Cap Gaspé, Québec

Gaspé Lighthouse
 

Charlie Duane at Southernmost Point in 2004

Southernmost Pt.
 

East Coast Hike

Charlie thru-hiked the
Appalachian Trail in 2001,
then hiked north in 2002
and south early in 2004.

Life Lesson

"One step at a time"
accomplishes more than
you think possible.


About C. Duane
Contact Charlie

RACING LIGHT BOOK


(Sample photographs at bottom of page.)

REVIEWS

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"I particularly liked the "Reflections" and "Angel's Dream" part of the book. Your assessment of life and the environment is so similar to Earl's that it brought back memories of sessions with Earl and I discussing the same general thoughts as you."

John H. Shaffer
Brother of Earl Shaffer, the first person to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, 1948
Secretary, Earl Shaffer Foundation

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"Charlie's unique format seamlessly blends the experience of four separate hikes in a journey that hiking enthusiasts will be able to relate to."

David "Spirit of '48" Donaldson
AT Thru-hiker '98
Earl Shaffer's hiking partner on Earl's 3rd AT thru-hike

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"Your photo-journal is great. I think it worked out real well. Am proud of my copy. You should put in there that your father, you, and your two sons are Eagle Scouts. I am an Eagle Scout, too."

Gene Espy
AT Thru-hiker, 1951
2nd person to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail

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"A tale of encouragement and of illumination!"

Robert "Red Wolf o' da Smokey's" Croyle
AT thru-hiker '71

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"With characteristic diligence and flair, Charlie Duane has mapped a new path, both with his trek along the entire East Coast from Cap Gaspé to Key West, and with his photo-filled account. All walkers and armchair explorers will find this account engrossing and illuminating."

Larry Luxenberg
AT Thru-hiker, 1980
Author of bestselling "Walking the Appalachian Trail", Founder of Appalachian Trail Museum

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"A great book, filled with a wealth of information for those who have hiked the trails, as well as those who harbor the "Dream." Linguini recreates the "Trail experience" in a meaningful, masterful way. I only wish his book had been available before I undertook my first Appalachian Trail thru-hike. Definitely a winner!"

J.R. "Model-T" Tate
4-time AT Thru-hiker
Author, "Walking on the Happy Side of Misery", "Walking with the Ghost Whisperers"

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"A thorough treatise on: long-distance hiking techniques, training, preparation, planning, diet, mental "stick to it-iveness." Philosophy, experience; a primer for anyone interested in or curious about a backpacking adventure."

Jon "Wanchor or RodKnee Dangertrail" Phipps
4-time AT Thru-hiker, plus other trails, totaling 14,000 miles

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"Linguini, like your hikes, your book is inspirational. You've captured the essence of long-distance hiking - one day at a time. From our first meeting on the AT in Maine on your southbound trek to our friendship after your adventures, I've enjoyed your insights and personal advice. Best of luck on your next adventure."

Ed "Not to Worry" Speer
AT Thru-hiker '01
Owner, Speer Hammocks, Inc.

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"There are four good books here in one… I have always thought that the cure to a lot of human illness lies in the body of a backpacker… You have pointed out with photographs way more than you could say with words."

Aaron "Twofiddy" Sworden
AT Thru-hiker '03
Founder of www.hikersupply.com

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Racing Light was an interesting and very readable account of a series of hikes that took Linguini, and the reader, from Cap Gaspé to Key West along the AT, the Long Trail, the IAT/SIA and the highways + byways of Georgia and Florida. While our hiking styles couldn't be more different, I enjoyed reading about Charlie's adventures, the people he met along the way, and ruminations on his travels and philosophies. It was a good read.

Ginny "Spirit Walker" Owen
Triple Crown hiker (AT, CDT, PCT)

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"I enjoyed reading your book. You had some perspectives that were very unique. Keep movin' Linguini!"

Dr David Horton, "The Runner"
Professor of Health Sciences & Kinesiology, Liberty University
Established time record for the Appalachian Trail, current record holder for Pacific Crest Trail

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"Long-distance hiking is a physical test for the body, but it is also a test for the mind and spirit. 'Linguini's' book defines this journey of the mind."

Dick "Nopack "Anderson
Founder, International Appalachian Trail / Sentier International des Appalaches
President, Maine Chapter

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The images below represent 12% of the photographs reproduced in the RACING LIGHT book


 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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