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Seattle buddies trying to hoof across country


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By KEVIN SCANNELL
Sun Advocate reporter

Steven Wescott is used to seeing plenty of weird looks and people wanting to stop and take a picture with him and his traveling companion.

After all, it's not every day you see a man and a goat with a travel pack walking along the side of the road.

"People are always stopping by and asking what we are doing," said Wescott, 33.

But the pair, however unique they may be, have a deeper motive on their journey. Wescott and his goat, LeeRoy Brown, are traveling across the country from Seattle, Wash., to New York City as part of a way to raise funds to build an orphanage with the Uzima Outreach and Intervention in Nairobi, Kenya.

Wescott originally began his journey last year making it from Seattle to Utah but had to cut short his journey due to running out of money and travel issues because of snow.

A year later, Wescott and LeeRoy have resumed the journey starting up in the Wasatch Front before finally coming through Helper and Price on Friday morning.

Wescott said he feels rejuvenated after a long break and is ready to complete the over 3,000 mile trek.

"We're gonna finish this," he said. "We're more prepared this time around for everything that comes up."

The pair travels anywhere between 10 to 20 miles per day and usually takes plenty of breaks to rest and talk with interested onlookers on the way.

After a long day of walking, Wescott said he'll set up a tent and make a camp site for him and LeeRoy each night.

In the mornings, Wescott outfits LeeRoy with a saddlebag pack filled with about 15 pounds of equipment before shouldering his own backpack with over 35 pounds of gear.

"LeeRoy loves this," he said. "In the mornings he is always up and ready to go."

When Wescott first started the journey across the country last year, he had a Rottweiler named Louie walking with him. But when Louie suffered an injury and was unable to continue on, Wescott found LeeRoy and has never looked back.

"It's been interesting learning about how to care for and handle him along the way," he explained.

Currently the pair have plans to travel to Denver from Price, while sticking to a plan of going from city to city.

As for when they'll finish the trip, Wescott knows it won't be very soon.

"Hopefully we'll finish before Jesus comes back," he said.

With a long way to go ahead of them, Wescott said when he's feeling tired or sick, he thinks about the children in Africa this journey will be helping.

"When I'm down or not feeling good, I'll just take a second and think about the kids over there," he said. "In the end, it's not about me, the goat or the trip. It's all about helping those kids."

While the two have made a good pair along the journey, Wescott said his traveling partner can very quiet at times making for some interesting moments on the road.

"There's only so much conversation you can have with a goat," Wescott said with a laugh.

For more information about the journey, visit needle2square.com and uzimaoutreachandintervention.org.

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