JP- 6 months straight through? Nice job. This is high on my bucket list. Did you keep a journal? Were you solo?
6 months straight through. 10 weeks in when i got to the shenandoahs in VA i took a week off to do bonnaroo of course (in prep, i wasn't planning on it but when tickets went on sale i couldnt help myself).
i kept a journal, it's on trailjournals.com if you want to read it. go to the 2011 thru-hikers section and my trail name was 'Poncho'. (as i got further into it, the journal entries got longer and gained more attention to detail). trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=12058
and yes i started solo, but since so many people attempt Northbound every year i made a lot of friends very quickly, especially since the majority of hikers are people like me (fresh out of college with no job prospects).
here's a picture of me in the 100-mile-wilderness, about 3 days before finishing on Katahdin.