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Thursday, July 08, 2010

That's a long way to walk

One of Steven Wright's jokes is that anyplace is walking distance if you have enough time. Timothy Scott's got 4 months, and he's walking from Virginia Beach to California.

I saw him yesterday evening in Durham, wearing a green safety vest and pulling a small, homemade trailer, but i didn't think too much of it. When i saw him again this morning on Highway 70 outside of Hillsborough, i had to learn his story.

Turns out, through a series of unfortunate happenstances, that his wife and kids are stuck in Mexico, he's lost his job, and there's little chance of everyone getting back together for a happy ending. So he's doing what anyone else would do under the circumstances, and that's walk to California, and then into Mexico, to try to raise enough money to reunite his family.

Yes, it's a bit Quixotic. But there's a reason why, 400 years after its publication, we still read about Don Quixote de la Mancha's adventures.


Timothy's got a FaceBook page, and he's working on getting a PayPal account set up so he doesn't have to carry everything around in cash. I wish him the best and hope he runs into some more bloggers and reporters on the way so we can keep track of him. He's figuring on hitting the California-Mexico border sometime in November. I don't know if there are any windmills between here and there.

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5 Comments:

  • Reminds me of The Straight Story, except without the ride-on lawnmower.

    By Blogger Steve Graff, at 1:23 PM  

  • Thanks for posting this.

    By Blogger Phillip, at 1:59 PM  

  • great story, and i'm in no way disparaging it, but i dont really understand it?

    1. ok, she was here illiegally, and she returned with her kids (ok, so she knew she would likely not be able to come back)and pregnant.

    2. he has already made one trek on foot (didnt specify whether he made it)

    3. he actually flew over there in april and married her.


    but somehow he's back in the US, on the other side of the country, and desperate to be with them. I understand the sentiment, but it seems they could have done so many things differnt? at the very least, why didnt he just stay?

    i'm just saying...

    By Blogger Vera, at 4:17 PM  

  • The impression i have is that, now they are married, she can come live in the US. He also needs to adopt her other kids.

    Both those things cost money, which is in short supply.

    Besides, Don Quixote don't need no reasons. He does what needs doing, simply because it needs to be done.

    By Blogger Barry, at 4:20 PM  

  • tru dat

    By Blogger Vera, at 8:59 AM  

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