My 1,000-mile walk back to happiness: How author Cheryl Strayed got her life back after the death of her mother and subsequent drug addiction

My 1,000-mile walk back to happiness: How author Cheryl Strayed got her life back after the death of her mother and subsequent drug addiction Memoir: Cheryl has written a book about her three-month, 1,100-mile solo hike A few days before I am due to meet the author Cheryl Strayed, we email to arrange a suitable rendezvous in New York City. ‘It would be great if it were walking distance from my hotel,’ Cheryl writes, before adding wryly, ‘and yes, I know “walking distance” is relative, given the subject of my book.’ Cheryl’s memoir, Wild: a Journey From Lost to Found, is the story of her three-month, 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), from the Mojave Desert in Nevada, through California and Oregon to Washington State. At just 26 and a first-time hiker, she walked the arduous trail largely alone, blistered and bruised, hungry, dirty and exhausted, wearing the same set of clothes for weeks, and frugally eking out a few dollars for food