I have completed 206 miles of the AT and I am struggling over whether I should continue section hiking, or start over with a thru-hike in 2014. My two youngest sons (currently 12 and 14) play baseball so I would miss all of their seasons that year, and there is always the risk of injury (will be 52 then) after making all of the arrangements at work of getting off 5 months (college professor obtaining a sabbatical). On the other hand I could complete the section hike in four more summers taking 4-5 weeks at a time.
While there is a great personal desire to do a thru-hike, on the other hand continuing the section hike appears more practical and better for my family. One way or another I will complete the trail, the question is how much better is it to do it in one trip compared to many. Looking for any thoughts from those who have also faced this dilemma. Such as have you section hiked and always regretted you didnít thru-hike? Or thru-hiked and thought it might have been better for your family if you broke it up into sections.