Texas man walks his way across East Texas

Texas man walks his way across East Texas
Source: KTRE staff
Source: KTRE staff
Source: KTRE staff
Source: KTRE staff

CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - If asked, 65-year-old Michael Stuckey can instantly recall how many miles he has walked over the last 12 years.

"I've walked 37,200 miles," Stuckey said. "The Lord lets me be proud of that number."

Stuckey said his travels by foot have taken him to New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas.

The Mineral Wells native has just himself, his wagon that carries the small amount of personal items that he has, and his message of hope. His wagon is covered in signs that show his love for Jesus.

"They either think I'm a real believer or that I'm crazy," Stuckey said. "I'll settle for crazy. Jesus' relatives thought he was crazy."

Stuckey said everything he owns fits in the wagon. Stuckey has a small tent he pitches on the side of the highway when he needs to rest. Stuckey said he has a small amount of food, but most of what he gets comes from those who see him and stop to help.

"12 years; no income and I've never missed a meal," Stuckey said. "I have a lot of family members. Anyone that helps is my family."

At his age, the current trip has been slow paced. Stuckey said he frequently takes breaks.

"I can tolerate cold, but cold and wet; I'm at an age where it hurts me," Stuckey said.

Stuckey said the current leg of his trip between Alto and Wells is hard because of the steep hills on the highway.

Despite the rough conditions, he keeps going. He said sharing his faith is the most important thing.

And as for where he will go next, Stuckey said only God knows.

"When I get to a highway junction, the Lord hits me in the back of the head and tells me which way to go," Stuckey said.

Stuckey calls himself a modern-day Paul the Apostle. He said his traveling method is very similar and does not step down from sharing the Gospel.

"I would have a conversation with God if he told me to get on a ship because three out of five ships Paul got on ended up shipwrecked," Stuckey said.

Stuckey said everyday is an adventure and that he loves the trip God has led him on.

A Facebook page has been set up to follow Stuckey's travels. You can find it here.

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