The Appalachian Trail spans about 2,200 miles and nearly 15 states. Albert Lea native Ryan Nelson hiked the entire trail in less than six months. Nelson, 37, began his journey March 25 at Springer Mountain in Georgia. From there, he navigated the trail through adverse weather conditions, including a 500-mile journey through Virginia, where the weather was mainly cold and rainy. Nelson completed the journey Sept. 9 at Mount Katahdin in Maine and has since returned to Albert Lea.