Vegan hiker Josh Garrett walked 2,655 miles from Mexico to Canada in a
record 59 days to raise awareness for animal cruelty and funds for the
animal-rights group Mercy for Animals.
Garrett battled heat stroke, loneliness and exhaustion during his
harrowing solo hike, walking an average of 45 miles a day. When he felt
like giving up, Josh, 30, said his love for animals kept him going.
"What got me through those difficult times was thinking about why I was out there in the first place," "I was really surprised how mentally challenging it was."
Garrett, who has been a vegan for the past year and a half, subsisted
on a diet of vegan bars, peanut butter, kale chips and corn nuts during
his grueling trek across the Pacific Crest Trail from June 10 to Aug.
Garrett, a track coach and exercise physiology instructor at Santa
Monica College, converted to a vegan diet in 2011 after watching a video
of turkeys being processed during Thanksgiving. He was astounded by the
senseless cruelty he witnessed.
"Some guy at a slaughterhouse is using live turkeys, suspended upside
down on a conveyor belt, as punching bags," Josh recalled. "It made me
sick to my stomach. My consciousness started to change."
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