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Here and gone: Tennessee walker takes no breaks on way across U.S.


September 12, 2018

Photo by Sean C. Morgan

GARY CANTRELL walks through Sweet Home Monday as his wife Sandra provides him with a bottle of water. Cantrell is en route to Newport as he nears the end of a four-month cross-country trek.

A Tennessee man walked through Sweet Home Monday, Sept. 10, as he neared the end of a four-month trek across the country on Highway 20.

After walking more than 3,000 miles at 26 miles per day, 12 hours a day, Gary Cantrell said the final 80 miles is still a long way to go – as he passed by Hoy’s Hardware.

Cantrell, of Short Creek, Tenn., has been greeted by many people after appearing on a television program, said his wife, Sandra, who was busy trying to let bystanders know her husband couldn’t pause to shake their hands.

“He’s not stopping,” she said. “We have to keep goin...

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