Speaking of AT southbound hikes, a couple from my little town started their 2009 southbound hike on July 29. The man is a fellow writer and a fellow frequenter of a local coffee shop near my office. I believe the woman is actually doing the journal. Anyway, I don't know them very well, but it should be fun to follow along. Check out their journal here. There isn't much to read yet, but I'm sure there will be as their hike progresses!
(They are not on a "pregnancy-pretending-to-be-on-a-southbound-AT-hike" like I am. They're on a real thru-hike. They did everything backwards, of course--had (and raised) kids, retired, and then went thru-hiking. Those silly southbounders!)