THIS IS NOT A YA BOOK
This is the true story of Eustace Conway, born in South Carolina in 1961. Eustace left an abusive, suburban home at age 17 to realize his dream of living off the land like our frontier ancestors did. In 1977, he built himself a teepee out of animal skins, and sustained himself by hunting and fishing. The next year he traveled the Mississippi River in a handmade canoe, the year after that he hiked the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia. He then proceeded to climb the German Alps, Kayak across Alaska, travel across New Zealand, live with the Mayan Indians of Guatemala and in 1995 he rode his horse across America from east coast to west with his brother, Judson. It took 103 days and set a world record.
For a time, the author Elizabeth Gilbert, worked at a Dude Ranch in Wyoming with Judson. Through him, she met his brother, Eustace. She wrote this story about meeting Eustace in 2002 and said, “He was one of the most impressive people I’d ever experienced—I almost felt bruised after encountering him; he left that deep an impression. He was so wild and rough and awake, compared to most people in the world.”
Elizabeth Gilbert went on to write about other experiences in her life – two of which have been made into movies : Coyote Ugly and Eat, Pray, Love.
I first saw Eustace on the History Channel and you can too.