When Lisa Dempster was fifteen years old, in Japan for a year on a cultural exchange, she saw white clad pilgrims walking the 1200 kilometer henro michi (pilgrim road) which traverses the circumference of the mountainous island of Shikoku, visiting eighty-eight temples reputedly founded by the Buddhist monk Kukai. Lisa vowed that one day, she would return to Japan and walk the pilgrimage herself, and thirteen years later, she did, following the path worn by countless thousands of pilgrims for over a millennium.
If you are a thru-hiker, in practice or at heart. Here's some inspiration for you. Neon Pilgrim is one woman's account of a life-changing adventure.