(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. If symptoms last more than a few months, it may be PTSD. (Source: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/)

8-9 months, which includes the summer break with family.

Steve is going to take advantage of the school summer break to be with family.

Flying to Florida to start the walk seemed like cheating and provided less opportunity to speak with people.

Steve retired from the U.S. Army in 2016.

18 minutes per mile or 10 miles in 3 hours.

9 hours plus breaks. He prefers to walk 10 or less miles before a break as longer distances put more of a drain on his body. Which takes away from his ability to talk with people during breaks.

Steve eats a lot. Roughly 3x the average adult in order to maintain his fitness goals. On a 30-mile day in the cold with the backpack he uses 6,200 calories (2,300 + 2,400 + 900 + 600).

Steve’s base metabolic rate is 2,300 calories a day. Steve uses an additional 80 calories per mile (80 x 30 = 2,400) in nice weather without a backpack at 18 minutes per mile pace. Even more calories at a faster pace. Freezing temperatures use an additional 30 calories per mile (30 x 30 = 900). The backpack adds an additional 20 calories per mile (20 x 30 = 600). 

While training Steve walked over 3,900 miles in 2019. He started his training at 3 miles a day and gradually increased the distance up to 25 miles per day.

Walking in nature is part of Steve’s PTSD selfcare.

No. If he is not talking with someone he likes to listen to audiobooks, YouTube videos, or music. He also has his best short story ideas on his walks, so he does not get bored on his walks.

No. Steve does not want to present the appearance of a homeless Veteran.

20-25 pairs of shoes

Steve wears out the insole of a shoe faster than the outsole. Depending on the terrain he wears out a shoe in 300-400 miles. Walking on trails wears shoes out much faster as pebbles get inside the shoe.