Tuesday, October 27, 2009, update
Cottonwood, Arizona senior citizen Al Slusser has been walking from the Pacific Coast for one month now, pulling his tent and supplies in a homemade wagon. He has dedicated his walk to Senior Citizens, Disabled Americans & Veterans.
Al is currently in Marana, AZ, where he will get an early start in the morning and resume walking the estimated two days into Tucson, AZ. He has made lots of friends along the way and hopes to make many more. His adventure was planned so it will take him the southern route through the winter months and he should finish in one year. Al says for most of his life he has talked the talk, but now at age 70, he is “walking the walk”. Already, only one month into his walk across the United States, Al is well on his way to accomplishing an amazing feat that will be a lifetime experience.
Al is looking forward to a days rest in Tucson, before continuing his trek to the East coast. He is seeking to meet with city officials and request official documentation that can be used to record his walk across the United States. Al estimates it will take him one year to finish his trek, when he will walk out and touch the Atlantic Ocean. Al’s son has created the web page where he can be followed:
Taking the slow road, one step at a time, Al feels he has been privileged to meet many amazing people and to experience Americana first hand this way. The experience so far has renewed his faith in mankind. Before starting out, he was warned about some potential problems, but so far he has not encountered one wild animal, two or four legged. Al has slept in his tent at homes, church yards and beside sand dunes. Each night when he sets up camp under the stars, Al said he is reminded that "He shall give His angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways." He reported getting some of the best sleep he has ever had.
Al is thankful to so many people who have gone out of their way to help him in a variety of ways that include: meals and lodging where he is able to wash off the dust now and then. When he is able to access a computer, he checks his web site and appreciates the encouraging messages everyone has listed for him.