In “Forrest Gump who?” news, our hero of the weekend is a man who’s been on a cross-country walking trip for FOUR YEARS.
But unlike the 1994 titular (fictional) movie character, this dude — musician Steve Wescott — is very much real, and he’s making his journey for a very specific purpose: to spread the message behind a non-profit called Uzima Outreach, which he has partnered with to raise funds to help them build an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya.
“Steve spends his time on the road not only walking but also sharing the story of Uzima with curious onlookers, community centers, schools and churches,” reads his website, Needle2Square. “The goal of Needle2Square is to raise enough funds to purchase an orphanage and land for Uzima Outreach so they can have a more permanent location and become self-sustaining.”
Wescott started his walk in May 2012 — on the 20th anniversary of his father’s death — at Seattle’s Space Needle, and is ending in Times Square, New York City.
Oh, and there’s one other minor detail: His trek also involves a goat named Miles.
The twosome have been on the road together since Wescott made it to Ohio, when his original companion — a goat named LeeRoy Brown — sadly passed away in October of last year. LeeRoy was cremated, and his ashes are finishing the journey with Wescott and Miles (we’re not crying, you’re crying).
Aside from spending time spreading the message behind their trip, Wescott and Miles enjoy lots of fun activities. Like trying new and exotic cuisine.
And playing Pokémon Go, naturally. What a time to be a traveler on foot, uh, or hoof, amirite? Egg hatching galore. Also, Miles calls them Pokémans, just like my mom!
Wescott and Miles the goat are currently in the Washington, D.C. area, and so close to finishing their inspiring trip!
You can read more about the duo’s journey (and donate here — as of Saturday, they’ve already raised over $100,000!) at his website, Needle2Square.com. And check out the video below to learn a little more about his quest.
We’re rooting for you, Steve (and Miles, and LeeRoy)! Thank you for dedicating your life in this way. We are all in awe of what you have accomplished and given.