Almost 9,000 miles…
“Are you exhausted? Who me? Not anymore. I mean, your feet hurt every day.”
Nine pairs of shoes…
“The last pair of shoes it has literally holes worn through the bottom of them.”
And almost exactly two years to the day.
“I started in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Around Florida, around Texas, to San Diego, up to Seattle, over to Green Bay, around Lake Michigan to Holland, Michigan, across to Detroit, and around Lake Erie to here.”
Leroy Bailey left his home in Virginia Beach, Virginia on June 14, 2014.
He is walking the perimeter of the United States to raise awareness about homelessness in this country.
“I walk by faith.”
He wants to build shelters that don’t pile people into small spaces.
“We don’t shelter animals like that. We’d be closed down. Why is it we think we can shelter human beings worse than we shelter animals. It don’t make sense.”
Bailey was homeless in Buffalo 32 years ago. He was lucky enough to receive help to get back on his feet.
He wants to give others the same chance.
“If anything, they’ll offer you a jail cell if you’re caught sleeping outside. How can you make it illegal to be homeless?”
Just like the homeless, most of his nights are spent outside.
“I’ve slept under bridges, slept behind buildings, under the aqueducts in Texas where there’s no place else to sleep.”
It’s been a long journey, but the end is near.
“My wife says she needs me home by October.”