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Gary, known by his Reddit username garmachi posted an epic before and after picture of his journey along the entirety of the Appalachian Trail. The 44-year-old started his hike in Georgia on May 10th and recently completed his 153 day journey to Maine on October 9th. He kept a blog of his trip, but commented that it was only a fraction of what actually happened on the trail. He plans on writing a book about the full adventure.
Gary saved up for years to be financially stable enough to quit his job to make his dreams come true. He said:
“For as long as I remember, I’ve been drawn to the horizon, and usually by foot … The first time I ever carried a backpack was when I joined the Marines, and aside from all the yelling, I loved it, continuing to do so on my own every chance I got. And every trip always ends the same, ‘How can I get just one more day out there?’
Gary let Reddit users know what he ate while hiking along the Appalachian Trails:
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“On the trail I’d typically have: Breakfast: Two pop tarts and an instant coffee with a Carnation Instant Breakfast mixed in. All Day: I was continuously eating clif bars, snickers, twix, cheetos, trail mix and beef jerky. And I coated it all with peanut butter or Nutella whenever possible. Dinner: Usually some version of the Knorr pasta side with a package of tuna and a few ounces of instant mashed potatoes mixed in to thicken the gruel. I’d pair that with a whole wheat tortilla onto which I had smeared a thick coating of creme cheese, mayonnaise, or both. Sometimes I’d eat a few ounces of Gouda or cheddar, but all that stuff’s heavy. I’d get all this stuff while in town. The AT takes you near a small town every 3-5 days, and generally I’d hitchhike to the nearest grocery store or gas station and get as much of those things as I could. If I was “zeroing” (staying in town, doing zero miles that day) I’d have the biggest, most calorie rich meals I could find. Cheeseburgers, beer, ice cream, fries, wings, pancakes… all in absurd quantitates. I was burning 5000-6000 calories per day.”