North Loop Press Announces New Adventure Story Of How Lloyd Fink Walked Over Two Thousand Miles For A Taste of Hoppy Goodness

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An adventure story, inspirational tale, and guide to roughing it in the backcountry, Hiking to Beer is a funny and poignant read for outdoor aficionados, aspiring hikers, and everyone in-between.

Lloyd Fink, Jr.

a person who loved life and always lived in the moment

Lloyd Fink was unhappy. He was overweight, he had lost his job, and he was in need of a serious life change. That’s when he decided to do something just about impossible: hiking the Appalachian Trail. But that wasn’t enough of a kick in the butt for Lloyd—he also gave up beer. As the ultimate motivation to meet his goal, he promised to swear off the hoppy goodness until he reached Mount Katahdin, and the finish line, in Maine.

After months of preparation, Lloyd (or "Uke," as he'd be known on the trail) set off to Georgia to start his two thousand-mile trek. He couldn’t have known on that March night that six months later he would finish his journey a changed man, while making interesting friends, experiencing breathtaking vistas, penning trail ballads on his homemade ukulele, and surviving brown recluse spider bites along the way.

“I remember the first time I met Uke on the Appalachian Trail in the Smoky Mountains. I could tell right away this was a person who loved life and always lived in the moment. I would hike with Uke on and off many times during our journey. Uke will never let me forget the time I hiked out without him from a hostel without letting him know. Even though he was never actually mad at me he still reminded me of it constantly and he always had a good laugh.”
~Alex “Mailman” Baumgardner

About the Author
Lloyd Fink grew up in the rolling hills of Northcentral Pennsylvania. His vulnerable young upbringing brought him into contact with several authority figures before graduating high school. He would learn after being in certain facilities that prison would not work for him. Lloyd traveled the earth unencumbered and he has seen things that will forever shape is love for nature and preserving our fragile eco-system. He loves the 'blue ball' and wants other humans to care for it, so future humans may enjoy swimming in non-polluted waters. Sit back and enjoy this tale told in Lloyd’s honest and whimsical style. Share in his ups and downs. Share in his failures and successes. Share in the experience that is the Appalachian Trail.

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