Steve Fugate approaches 40,000 miles

Steve Fugate of Vero Beach, Florida, walked into the Cheraw town limits at 12:36 p.m. May 13, braving the 82-degree heat. The large sign on his back — which reads “love life” in red capital letters — made him easy to spot. …

Crossing the state line marked a milestone for Fugate as South Carolina is the final state in his trek through each of the lower 48, ending his cross-country walk two years, one month and 20 days after it began on March 23, 2013. …

Fugate said this is his eighth time making the journey, and that he has walked 39,000 miles he said he expects to walk his 40,000th mile somewhere in South Carolina. …

Fugate said he started these walks in 1999 after losing his son, 26-year-old Stevie, to suicide while walking the Appalachian Trail. Six years later tragedy struck again when Fugate’s daughter, 36-year-old Shelly, died from an accidental drug overdose.

Fugate said he carries the sign on his back to remind people to love and appreciate their lives. …

Man ends 2-year, 39,000-mile walk

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