Eustace Conway, age twenty, is known as the Mountain Man of the Piedmont. Living in a teepee in Lincoln County, Conway reads Walden and is completely self-reliant. He eats mostly fruit and peanut butter and believes in living in harmony with nature and not in competition with it. For this reason, he rarely kills animals or even plants. A true outdoorsman, in 1981, Conway hiked the Appalachian Trail, a 2,200-mile trip, in sixteen weeks. He canoed from St. Louis to New Orleans, a 1,030-mile trip, in a month.