If you haven't seen the movie, watch it. If you have seen the movie, this is a great supplement. While out West, Alex writes a letter to his friend in Arizona about his travels, which I've attached below.
This is a true story.
While there is much debate about the reason he left, how we survived as long as did, etc. etc The inspiration from his stories, letters, and pictures are simply incredible.
I've attached a letter from Alex Supertramp to Russ, an eighty year old friend from Arizona. (Let me know if you have trouble reading it.)
Tell me this doesn't do anything for you. Do it. I dare you.