Published: Oct 26, 2010 5:39 AM EDT
Updated: Oct 24, 2010 10:31 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Florida Gulf Coast University student has returned to his southwest Florida home after kayaking 2,000 miles to raise money for a local charity.

Charles Vaught spent Sunday unpacking the gear he used during a five month kayak trip across the country.

Vaught spent $5,000 preparing for the trip that was proposed to him by a stranger-turned-friend in Minnesota.

The trip took them through the rivers of Montana, the Mississippi and into the Gulf of Mexico in 147 days.

The two lived off of oatmeal and Pop-Tarts for a good portion of the trip, and the college student told WINK news all he wanted to eat when he got home was ice cream and a salad.

Although the trek was put together in just six days, Vaught was able to make a flyer to show to people that he was kayaking across the country to raise money for a local charity that helps women used in sex trafficking.

He only raised $300 during his trip, but created a website of the entire journey and continues to raise funds.

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