I just walked 2185.3 miles.

12 July 2014 (Day 129) – 2185.3 miles. 14 States. 129 days. My Appalachian Trail thru-hike ended on the summit of Mt Katahdin, Maine on a glorious, bluebird day.

By far, this adventure has been the most challenging thing I have ever done. I physically hurt all over but the feeling of accomplishment is overwhelming. The euphoria I felt as I approached the summit sign was worth every mile walked. Tears were flowing freely during the last 25 feet. It felt great!

I will spend the rest of the summer recuperating and regaining some of the 35 lbs. I lost. Give me a few days and I will post a few more thoughts and pictures.

A “Thank you!” to everyone who supported me on this adventure! Your support got me through the hard times and I sincerely appreciate it. Knowing you were behind me made all the difference.

Current Location: Mt Katahdin, ME. Northern terminus for the AT. Miles Hiked: 2185.3
Miles Remaining: 0.0 (woot!)

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33 Responses to I just walked 2185.3 miles.

  1. Stratton Moore says:


    Sent from my iPhone



  2. Nan and Mac says:

    You are great Tom ! We can’t wait to see you! Your neighbors in Boothbay Harbor, Mac and Nancy


  3. Patti Jurinski says:

    Congratulations!! What an amazing accomplishment. I loved reading about your progress and learning about the AT subculture vicariously. Rest up and enjoy the euphoria!


  4. John Varljen says:

    Tom, A truly amazing accomplishment!!! I look forward to meeting up with you in the near future!


    Sent from JV’s iPhone


  5. jameslockman says:

    Amazing accomplishment, Tom! We’ve got a hot shower and firm mattress waiting for you!


  6. Gretchen says:

    Tom, congratulations doesn’t do it. Look forward to hearing all about it!


  7. Keith & Lana says:

    Wow, Tom. Congrats, seriously, so proud of you!! Can’t wait to hear all about it in person. Love ya! Keith and Lana


  8. Leonard Morgan says:

    Hello Tom, I’m a friend of Mark Keating. Congratulations on an Outstanding Achievment!


  9. Kate Pegan says:

    Tom, congratulation. I knew you can do it. What is your next adwanture? There is a show called ” naked and afraid “. Look into it. Have a good summer and looking forward to hear about your adventure.


  10. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Panzer. Fantastic!


  11. Chris Galante says:

    Congratulations, my friend!


  12. dndrake says:

    Congratulations my friend, I am proud to have seen you accomplish this journey through pictures. You have accomplished a task that is hard for many of us to understand or even think doable!! Enjoy your down time…. You deserved it, you earned it!! I am proud of you not only for making the journey but for being true to the promise you made to yourself a great many years ago to make this a reality!


  13. Mark Keating says:

    Ed Waldrop and I will be visiting Keith and Lana the first weekend of August. Hopefully we can catch you then.


  14. Awesome! This is wonderful. Congratulations. Enjoy the rest of the summer. What an amazing accomplishment!


  15. Ashley says:

    Congrats! I am so happy for you…quite a physical accomplishment and you made it look easy from this end! I’ve enjoyed reading all your posts and updates from adventure start to finish. Enjoy the rest of your time off, you deserve it. Eat up!!


  16. Julie Perez says:

    Congratulations Tom. How exciting! Enjoy a well deserved rest and some good food. What a trip!


  17. Shannon Gallivan Bol says:

    Congratulations Tom! What an amazing accomplishment. Thanks for sharing your journey.


  18. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations!! I’m proud of you and your accomplishment.


  19. Tom says:

    Congratulations! Tom, what an adventure and inspiration.My knees hurt for you!


  20. Anonymous says:

    Quite an accomplishment!!!


  21. Anonymous says:

    BZ from a Navy guy. Well done!!


  22. Kim says:

    Tom, you are a true Hilltopper. All of us at Alumni House are beaming with pride and look forward to seeing you soon. Whoopie pies can help with the 35 pounds.


  23. Anonymous says:

    You look like you’re on top of the world!
    What an awesome accomplishment!!


  24. tarlov says:

    What a great accomplishment Tom! I’d really like to get your perspective on the gear you finished with. Stay with a tent? Etc…


  25. John B still @ Falcatraz says:

    WOW! Way cool


  26. You did it! Wow! Awesome! ((cheering))


  27. Pat Ferguson10@verizon.net says:

    What an experience Tom you will never forget your wonderful trek along the AT all the people that you met well done, enjoy your summer Pat (a friend of your Mothers)


  28. Peter says:

    Congrats Tom!! That is definitely the longest, hardest HUMP I have ever seen someone make. 🙂


  29. Laurie Paullin says:

    Congratulations Tom!  Now you can go to the Lobster Dock and pig out! So….one more accomplishment for your resume. That is just great!!!!


  30. atully17 says:

    Woohoo! Love it! Congrats!!


  31. Bob B. says:

    Bravo Tom, Bravo! Once again, you are the man! Now it’s time for the biggest resort and spa package ever purchased… Bora Bora may be a good place to get re-patriated back into civilization… Congratulations my friend, well done!


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