On October 12th, I completed my thru hike of the Appalachian Trail. It took me six and a half months, including my two weeks off in July to spend some time with my wife, Colette, who had been in Europe for seven weeks.
So, 2189.1 miles, is definitely a long walk, but I must say that I enjoyed 99.9% of the hike. Would I do it again? Not if I have to carry a full pack. ;-)
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's website has this tidbit of information:
Hikers of a wide range of ages have completed the A.T. While more than half of all thru-hikers are in their 20s, many people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s have thru-hiked the A.T. The number of thru-hikers in their 60s is fewer than 500, and only about 25 people age 70 and above have completed thru-hikes.
If that's really true, then I'm very pleased to join list of old farts that have done a thru hike. :-)