Gail Storey is the author of I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail. She is the winner of the Barbara Savage Award from The Mountaineers Books. An inexperienced hiker and camper, she left a comfortable urban life to hike the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail with her husband, and lived to tell this hilariously harrowing tale. Her first novel, The Lord's Motel was praised by the New York Times Book Review as "a tale of unwise judgments and wise humor." Her second novel, God's Country Club, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. She and her husband, Porter Storey, a national leader in hospice and palliative medicine, bicycled on their tandem from Texas to Maine and Texas to San Diego. They live in Boulder, Colorado, where Gail is notorious for jumping out of cakes and for her "sins of humor."
With comfortable urban lives in Houston, Texas, and career and life goals mostly accomplished, Gail D. Storey and her husband were in their fifties when they decided it was time to test themselves on a new path—a 2,663-mile path known as the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches from Mexico to Canada. I Promise Not to Suffer is Gail's lighthearted yet heart-felt memoir about her and her husband's adventures and misadventures, deepening marriage, and reflections on being irrevocably changed by life on the trail. She was a novice hiker, while he was an experienced outdoorsman. Removed from their usual routines and living outside in the wilderness for months exposed hidden intricacies in their relationship. Hiking 20 miles a day over mountains, thirsting in the high desert of California, forcing frozen feet into icy socks and boots each morning in the High Sierra, stumbling through lava fields in Oregon—Gail was required to meet the elements on their own tough-love terms. From an encounter with a mountain lion to her mother's battle with cancer at home, she confronts each challenge with wit and brave style.