Doug, Great chuckle there, no, those pictures were'nt what I had in mind to post up for you. I'll get to those in a day or so.
Duration is what you set it at, minimum 3weeks for me, though I took 5 weeks and enjoyed myself the whole time.
The Northern 1/3rd has some of the rougher, more solitary terrain of the trail IMO. The Central part more 'hilly type mountains' IMO. The Southern portion sarts out steep from the AT end of things and has more 'off trail/re-supply access' to it.
It's a great trail for those folks who don't have the time to do a thru-hike on one of the other majors like the PCT, AT, CDT,etc.
I'm not a mileage junkie I go for the views, and the solitude; as you'll see in more of my photo postings now that i think I have that tail pinned on the donkey.
I found it helpful to take my original maps and get copies made; then I had the originals laminated for souviners.
I have to dig out the stuff i have this weekend to get you more info. I currently am in NJ, though lived in New England for over 20 years and know much of the area in the 5 states. Still trying to get back to the 'Dacks to do more up there. Bear Mtn NY is a dayhike for me.