10/14/2013. I don't have anything profound to say about hiking the AT. As I hiked the final couple of miles it was not I did not have the emotional sensations I thought I would have - I was just happy it was over and I could drive home.
A few weeks earlier I had a conversation with a guy who was section hiking the trail. He indicated he would not want to through hike because the hike would become like a job. The next morning after arriving home felt strange. I no longer had the trail to go back to, it really did feel like I was out of work.
I would never discourage any one who was considering a through hike on the other hand it is not something I would ever consider doing again.
The only physical pain I have since finishing involve my feet. They are still swollen and sore. My guess is that it will take weeks for them to return to normal. Actually if you were to look at my feet you would never guess that I had hiked over 2100 miles. My weight hit 155 shortly after coming home, my low point, a loss of 30 pounds.
I did not receive any questions just a numbe of comments from people who enjoy following the blog. It will be fun to go back and reread it from time to time. I will definitely miss all of the friends I made along the trail. My guess is that many of us will stay in touch for a long time.
So good night and thanks for following the blog and for your support!
At some point this weekend I will add some final thoughts about the hike.
If anyone has any questions or comments please send them to my email address: "jantoniono@damdpc.com" I will repeat any questions on the blog with my answer, I will also post any comments.
In closing all I can say is that it feels great to be home for good!!!
My final day hiking partner Sarah.  She is from Bradford PA, is married to a Doctor and lives in Rhode Island.   They were married in State College since it was half between their two homes.   It was only fitting that I would end the hike with someone with State College connections.  Her parents are also PSU grads.  She ended up coming into Barrington with me to buy me a drink to celebrate.   She felt I shouldn’t be celebrating alone.  I then drove her back to the trail so she could finish her hike of the Long Trail tomorrow.

My final day hiking partner Sarah. She is from Bradford PA, is married to a Doctor and lives in Rhode Island. They were married in State College since it was half between their two homes. It was only fitting that I would end the hike with someone with State College connections. Her parents are also PSU grads. She ended up coming into Barrington with me to buy me a drink to celebrate. She felt I shouldn’t be celebrating alone. I then drove her back to the trail so she could finish her hike of the Long Trail tomorrow.

One last picture of the finish.

One last picture of the finish.

Close up of the finish.

Close up of the finish.