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Hope Star - Hope, AR
  • Ride, Forrest, ride

  • A couple of men are traveling the country just to see what they can see and have been compared to a couple of Forrest Gumps, as they have been told. Their motto, basically, is that they will accomplish it because it's there.
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  • A couple of men are traveling the country just to see what they can see and have been compared to a couple of Forrest Gumps, as they have been told. Their motto, basically, is that they will accomplish it because it's there. John Hunter, 35, and his uncle, Shane Hunter, 51, are from Biddeford, Maine. They began their journey across the United States on May 14, 2012, and have been on the road, at the date of this interview for 284 days. “We just wanted to see the country,” John said. “We knew that their were good people still out there and we wanted to see the scenery and the beauty of the country. We have also stopped at several historic sites and have enjoyed the trip so far. “We weren't well-equipped at all,” John said. “We started out with no sleeping bags, just blankets and trash bags. That helped a little, but we have acquired supplies, bicycles, food, and money on the way, with the help of many kind strangers.” John quit his job to accomplish this trek and Shane was in between jobs when he decided to come with his nephew. “I just decided what the heck, I wanted to see the country, too, and I decided to go with him at the last minute,” Shane said. “We both have family in Maine and that's where we were born and raised. I wanted to see the rest of the country and look back on it and say 'I did that.'” The trip has not been all pleasant, however. John took a spill from his bike and broke his left arm in Benton. He had to have the injury casted, but that has not stopped him from traveling. “We are still going,” John said. “Wet or cold weather has slowed us down a bit, but our determination is still strong. Our goal is to get to the Pacific Ocean and then we will take an alternative mode of transportation back home. We just wanted to see the country and prove to people that there are still good, decent people in this nation of ours.” “We have met more nice people than not,” Shane said. “We wanted to see the country as God made it, and we have. We're not even halfway through our trip and I'm looking forward to the rest of our journey. But, we won't be like Forrest Gump and run for 40 years.”
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