Originally Posted by Roche
That is a sweet TQ - the next item on my list.
Congratulations to your friend. I have 248.8 miles done on the same quest - how long did it take him to finish? I dread the Sugarlands Trail as well.
It took him several years mainly because he wasn't trying to complete them all. Then one day he was like "Well, I've hiked 500 miles of them, it would be cool to finish them all." It took him 4 years after that "Aha" moment. He only works three days a week so he has a little more time to get out there.
There are a few of us from Knoxville on this site. We need to get together and do a Smokies trip sometime. We can coordinate it to help you cover some more miles on your quest.