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Walking-man crosses county on trip from one ocean to the other
In July 8 Issue

Al Slusser, had spent the night camped out at a church on KY-80, and would have passed through the county largely unnoticed until there was a collision on Goose Creek Hill near the county line.

"I'm walking from coast to coast for senior citizens and the handicapped," said Slusser.

He said he has walked his way through five pairs of shoes and he had been in Kentucky for two weeks, as of last Friday.

"I've met a lot of interesting people along the way," said the native Arizonan. "I haven't had any problems-never been in any danger-this is the first accident I've seen."

The accident, which Slusser actually heard but said he did not see, took place that afternoon as a car stopped in the road when the driver thought they were going to collide with a tractor trailer that was coming up the hill, according to Deputy Sheriff David Cain.

He said a pickup truck behind the car, which had skidded to a stop in a curve, pulled off into the ditch-line in an attempt to miss the car, but the two did collide.

Slusser was not involved, and not injured but stayed around to check on the drivers and to talk to the police about what he had heard. The tractor-trailer had blocked his view of the entire incident.

He began his walk across the nation at the Pacific Ocean in San Diego, California and intends to end it in the Atlantic Ocean on a Virginia beach.

The 71-year-old man said he has been walking for over 6 months, and has pulled a two-wheeled cart behind him the whole way with all of his supplies.

In this modern age of instant world-wide communications Slusser's trip is an open book for anyone who cares to check in on him.

The site is grafitgrafix.com/c2cw.com and he updates it regularly.

Slusser said his motivation for the walk-across-America was to show it is never too late to fulfill dreams, though a little creativity may be needed and he has dedicated his walk to seniors and handicapped Americans.

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