Bryson is an ex-pat re-pat ex-pat who lives in the UK now. In the 1990s he hiked portions of the Appalachian Trail with his childhood friend "Stephen Katz," who at the time of the hike was a morbidly obese 44-year-old slacker with a sharp tongue. The conversations and insults they drop on fellow travelers and characters they meet along the way are hysterical. Particulary funny is Mary Ellen, an annoying piece of work who trails Bryson and Katz while talking nonstop and making frequent Felix Unger honking sounds while "cleaning" her eustacian canals. Which prompted Katz to tell her, in all seriousness,
I know a guy who did that once, and one of his eyes popped out. It rolled right across the living room floor and his dog ate it. Isn't that right, Bryson?