As a hopeful thruhiker, and especially as a hopeful thruhiker who can get it in before global warming radically changes the trail, I enjoy reading all kinds of experience and gear related posts. My latest information need is aimed at past thruhikers:"... AND THEN WHAT? ..."
What happened after you completed your thru-hike? Did you return to IBM and work 80 hours a week so some incredo-jerk-management-type would get a really huge bonus? Did you go west? How was life and your previous vision of the future changed after you completed your hike?