SPOKANE – A retired U.S. Marine is taking thousands of steps every day to spread patriotism. Literally.
Vietnam veteran Sgt. Chuck Lewis, 62, is walking across America, and he’s making good time. He started his journey in Everett, Wash. at the beginning of April and Friday he will make his way through Spokane along U.S. Highway 2.
His planned route takes him across 3,300 miles and 14 states. He anticipates it will take him six months to complete. He hopes to be home to Ronan, Mont. “before the snow flies” in late September or early October.
He pushes a three-wheel stroller filled with water, a week’s worth of clothes, a sleeping bag and pad, a tent, a single-burner propane stove and a solar panel that charges his iPhone.
His flags spread his message, but Central Washington’s wind snapped off one of them already.
“It’s been a delight to be here,” Lewis said. “I got to see snow and wind and rain and combinations of all of the above. And your wheat fields and canyons; they’ve been great…except when I have to climb them.”
He won’t see his wife again until he makes it to Kalispell, Mont. But he says he’s doing this walk for his brothers and sisters that never got a chance to raise a family or enjoy the freedoms the fought for.
“I’m heading to the wall in Washington, D.C.,” he said. “I guess, in a sense it’s a cheap way for me to get there.”
You can track Lewis’ journey and his up-to-the minute location here: http://www.walkingforthefallen.com/track/