Some final facts and figures:
trail length: 2175.6 miles (according to 2006AT Data book)
Start date - April 24
End date - October 4
Longest day: 29.0 miles
Shortest (non-zero) day: 1.1 miles
Time for passing through the 1.1 miles of Mahoosic notch, the 'most difficult mile on the trail' : 1.5 hours (compared to a normal 2mph pace)
Highest elevation: 6643 feet, Clingman's Dome, Smoky Mtns
lowest elevation: 124 feet, in front of bear exhibit at Trailside Zoo, near Bear Mtn, NY
Earliest Start of hiking for a day: 6:30AM
Latest Start of hiking for a day: 4:00 PM
Evenings involving night-hiking: 5
Pairs of shoes used: 5
Types of animals seen: Rabbit, Deer, Mouse, Wild Turkey, (Semi-)Wild Horses, Raccoon, Chipmunk, Squirrel, Weasel, Cattle, Long Horn Steer, Porcupine, Moose, Black Bear, Rattlesnake and numerous bird
I had some close calls (I can really take a fall these days), but the worst of the physical injuries involved but a few blistered pinky toes as well as some assorted instances of chafing. There were a few quite-miserable moments, usually involving rain and having to walk across an exposed peak in it, but for the most part, both the weather and the trail were quite tolerable (that, or, I've already started blocking those days out!). The weather was plenty warm in summertime, but there were only a few unbearable days of it around the 1st of August. Along with this less pleasant, there was also the good - the beautiful sights and the wonderful people I met along the way, some of which are represented in the photos in the link at the bottom of this email. My favorite part of the trip though, regardless of view or weather, tended to recur each morning, about half an hour into the day's hike, when all of the body parts would get warmed up and everything (brain included) would fall into a familiar hiking rhythm. It is still too soon to have a bigger reflection on the trail, beyond knowing that it was both tough and worthwhile (as, to be cliche, 'many things tend to be'). Ultimately, rain or shine, backache or bug bite, it was a pleasure.
This is just a quick summary of thoughts; sorry if they are a bit generalized - the more specific anecdotes are still in raw form (and un-typed). I just wanted to let you know that I finished the trail successfuily and am ready for the next adventure. Hope you are all respectively well, and I will, like I said before, hopefully get to see some of you before I head out to the part of the country were they celebrate New Year's at 9 instead of midnight.