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Ricky (L) and Brandon (R) at Auburn

 

Ricky:

Full Name: Richard Darrell Dean, Jr.
Education: Auburn University graduate in Horticulture
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee
Residency before entering the woods: Nashville, Tennessee
Sports Played: a little Rugby in college
Favorite Foods: This is a hard one because there is so many but I love steaks and a good pizza
Favorite Past Time: I like working on cars and wood construction projects.
Plans After Katahdin is reached: After Katahdin is the real world I plan on being a foreman for a landscape construction company in the Southeast.
Ambitions: I would like to own my own landscaping business in the future.
Meal you plan on dreaming about the most: Probably some type of buffet item like a Pizza Hut.
Comfort on missing the most: most likely a bed (with a roof)
Thoughts on leaving behind all forms of technology: I am excited about ‘unplugging’ for a while and I think that it will put the importance of such things into perspective.
Greatest excitement about going on the trail: I can’t wait to just be outside and be closer to nature. I am excited about the unknown and what I will learn from it.
Greatest fear about being on the trail: My greatest fear would have to be the rain. Endless days of rain scares me. (It’s a fear that I am sure I will face and have to kick though)
Thoughts on what you are leaving behind: there will be things that I miss like my family and friends but hopefully all the important things in my life will still be there when I return.
Thoughts on what your thoughts will be like when you finish: I hope that I don’t come off the trail with a totally different personality sporting a shaggy beard and long hair.
Biggest lifestyle shock leaving: Probably the biggest will be personal hygiene. There will be days without a shower and days of dirty clothes and ‘toxic’ T-shirts.
Biggest Lifestyle shock on returning: The biggest shock upon returning will probably be the quickness in which society moves. We will be used to calm and quiet with no cellphones and alarm clocks.

Brandon:

Full Name: Brandon Scott McMath
Education: One short semester left at Auburn University
Birthplace: Miami, Florida
Residency before entering the woods: Stone Mountain, Georgia
Sports Played: I dabbled in high school but found Rugby in college and enjoy it
Favorite Foods: BBQ and cheap Chinese food
Favorite Past Time: Good movies and random world travels
Plans After Katahdin is Reached: Re-enter society as a student and finish my degree. The real question should be my plans after that. To my laid back ease I don’t know exactly. Which happens to be my parent’s greatest fear.
Ambitions: To join the hustle and bustle of the corportate world for long enough to live a life of simplicity and being content.
Meal you plan on dreaming about the most: Fried okra, big thick steaks, maybe BBQ, sweet corn. And of course Mamma G’s.
Comfort on missing the most: Probably being able to control the climate with doors and walls and AC.
Thoughts on leaving behind all forms of technology: Actually pretty excited about it. I want the leave behind the feeling of being dependent on e-mail, my cell phone, cable TV, my i-pod and all of that. I want to be dependent on finding water to eat and drink and making sure I’m healthy enough to be able to carry on.
Greatest excitement about going on the trail: Where my mind will take me. With hours in the woods you are the victim of a wondering mind. I wish I knew what thoughts and ideas will occupy my brain. I’m sure I’ll enjoy the thoughts of fond memories with friends and family and plans for the future. But at some point it will boil down to the big questions. Philosophy and the meaning/importance of things. Purpose.
Greatest fear about being on the trail: Probably where my mind will take me. Then there is also lyme disease.
Thoughts on what you are leaving behind: I’ve kind of been putting this question out of my mind. I think that I have this deep feeling down deep that everything will be exactly the same when I get back. Like time stops while I do my thing and then I just pick it back up again. The problem is that it doesn’t and I am afraid things will be different but as it goes “ob la di ob la da…”
Thoughts on what your thoughts will be like when you finish: I once read a quote from a thru-hiker that said “it was like winning the Super Bowl on the way to the electric chair” and I can’t stop thinking about it. Everything that I am going to love about being on the trail will be done and I will be left to my memories and reflections.
Biggest Lifestyle shock leaving: I agree with Rick that hygiene will be a huge change. I will say that we are bringing toothbrushes.
Biggest Lifestyle shock on returning: Leaving behind the simplicity of the trail. When we are out there we will be waking up everyday and hiking north. Our biggest preoccupation will be filling up water and how long till we re-supply our food again.