So I am looking at doing a section of the Maah Daah Hey in Western ND later this fall with a group. I've never done any backpacking so doing the short leg of the three that the groups splitting into. I'm looking at some short trails in the area and just trying to figure out, for my very first time out what type of pace should I shoot for and how long should I look at setting for a total length? I was looking at a 13.5 mile one not far from my house, and was debating if I should just have my wife drop me off, push for the full 13.5 in a day, camp for the night return to the start the next day and get picked up, or even go super slow and have a pick up at the end of it and just be lazy and set up a camp over night. 13.5 is not long at all by any means, but never having been on a trail before. Was looking at baby baby steps. Thoughts? Advice?