Despite several encounters with bears -- one of which he barked at like a dog to scare it away -- and huge snakes, Kerastury has walked the trail unscathed.
Well, for the most part.
He did nearly break his nose in Pennsylvania -- which he calls "the rock state."
"I was just going along, had my hands behind my back holding my pack, tripped and went down and hit my face on a rock," he said. "I was bleeding a good bit, but I stuck toilet paper in my nose.
"I kept walking and met two other guys who doctored me up a bit. No one had any water to brush the blood off and see how deep the wounds were."
Eventually, Kerastury ran into a man who had water and was able to wash the blood off his face and see the injury.
"He told me I should see a doctor about the deepest wound above my eye, but I wasn't close to a town and I didn't really want to go anyway, so I didn't," he said. "I had scabs for about three weeks after, and now I've got small scars on top of my nose and above my left eye."
"I worry about him," Barbara Kerastury said of her husband earlier this month.
Although she's not doing any actual hiking, she's a big part of the trip -- sending him packages, visiting him three times and updating a blog about her husband's journey.
"I fix a box of food and mail it to him about every week to 10 days," Barbara Kerastury said. "There are places that hold the packages until they are picked up, usually a hotel and mostly he stays there if his package is there.
"Sometimes, we can see that there is a Walmart close, so he shops there and I won't have to send food."
Gary Kerastury can estimate where he'll be so his wife will know where to send a package.
"He told me not to send any more Fig Newtons," she said with a laugh.
Even with all the majestic scenery and care packages from his wife, Gary Kerastury said the trip has sometimes become monotonous.
"I've thought of it as a job at times. You're doing the same thing every evening - you get ready, cook something, go to bed, wake up, you might eat, you might not, you pack up your bag and move from A to B. That becomes like a job," he said. "You're doing the same thing day after day and that becomes mundane, especially in rainy or muddy weather."
While walking, he'll think about his future. He wants to find another job, maybe at a Lowe's or Home Depot, some kind of home-improvement store. He thinks about his wife, who is keeping up the house and doing yard work. He also wonders how he'll get back to Eleanor at the end of the whole thing.
"I think I'll take a bus back to Portland, Maine, and catch a train from there to Charleston," he said. "I've spent a fair amount of time thinking about how I'm going to handle it.
"I guess that's getting the cart before the horse, because I probably had 1,500 miles to go when I first started thinking about how I'd get home."
His wife expects him home Oct. 1.
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