Still, I was surprised that Mr. Merrill did not carry more food to make his own meals and use his tent more often than he did as there are some opportunities for more actual backpacking, particularly in the southeastern part of the state; his work is more like a walking tour than a traditional thru-hike as most American backpackers define it.
As A Brit I kinda identify with him though.
Hiking in Britain, whilst we may have the trail miles to put in excellent journey's, because we're such a small country, you're hardly a mile or two from a snug inn or a B&B or pub......... lets face it, the weather in the UK isn't predictable and I've researched doing the Pembrokeshire Coast / Hadrians Wall / Penine Way trails all before and they all seem to mandate staying in either hostels, B&B's or Inns.......
I guess the only true wilderness left is the high crags of Scotland or Dartmoor or the Lake District........ Even as a kid I remember hiking in the Peak District and you're hardly an arms length from civilisation.
I think anyone who enjoys the outdoors on foot is doing it right.