Hours from anywhere but on the edge of nowhere, the rough Down East passages welcome the well heeled and unpedigreed alike

The Longest Silence, by Thomas McGuane; River Horse, by William Least Heat-Moon; The Voyage, by Philp Caputo; and more.

It outclasses the Alps. It nurtures budding friendships. It even makes your brain grow. A journey along the high route, America's finest backcountry trek.