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During his marathon walk, Mr. Fluent hauls a wheelbarrow type device. He says local schoolteachers held a student competition in which the challenge was to design a walking travois with wheels for his walk.
In an autobiographical release, Mr. Fluent said that his physical rehabilitation from the motorcycle accident included intensive walking thereapy, and in 1996 he walked from Montana to Connecticut on a fundraising mission.
"[W]ith the events of September 11th 2001, I became recommitted to raising awareness within the world that Americas are dedicated people," Mr. Fluent said...and he resolved to walk around the border of the continental U.S. He added, "this walk will be completed, despite any challenges that arise."
And there have already been challenges. Mr. Fluent said he had to delay walking as his wife was diagnosed with cancer...but as of August 2002 she had recovered to the point where he could undertake the walk.
Before starting the day's journey that would take him through and out of LB, Mr. Fluent asked LBPD Public Information Officer Jana Blair to snap a picture of him with his throwaway camera. "It cost five bucks," he told her, "be careful with it."
Mr. Fluent began the journey in Miami, FL...and this morning, safely escorted by LBFD and LBPD personnel, Mr. Fluent began walking...first onto Willow St., then left on Lakewood Blvd., then toward the Traffic Circle and onto PCH, headed for points north.
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