A man walking across the country with a goat made a stop in Downtown Salina Monday.
Steve Wescott set off on in May from the Space Needle in Seattle. Now, he’s crossing through Kansas with his pack goat Leeroy as he makes his way toward Times Square in New York City. He made a pit stop at Ad Astra Books and Coffee Monday to get a hot cup of coffee.
Wescott tells KSAL News that his cross-country journey is an effort to raise funds and bring awareness to help a longtime friend’s orphanage in Kenya. The orphanage has 34 children in it.
The goal is to raise $200,000. He says that so far, he has raised about $20,000.
According to Wescott, he chose to travel with a goat because he heard that they made good pack animals. He has discovered that they do make good pack animals, but the downside is that they also travel very slowly.
As Wesoctt and Leeroy travel from town to town, they stay in various places. Most of the time, they pitch a tent that is part of the gear they carry. Sometimes they stay in a motel, and other times they are welcomed into people’s homes.
Wescott says that he hopes to make it to Kansas City before it gets too cold. He plans to spend the winter there, and then in the spring continue his journey.
Wescott says “it’s been an amazing adventure, I love it out here in Kansas”. He adds that “everybody here has been incredibly kind and giving, and the hospitality has been amazing”.
Those who want to make a donation can do so online, and also follow the journey of Steve Wescott and Leeroy as they walk across the country.