Men Hike Across the Country Raising Money for Wounded Veterans 02/21/14
February 21, 2014
Odessa - Itís a journey many might aspire to do, but one that few will actually accomplish. Two men and a Siberian Husky have set out to walk across the United States for a good cause. CBS 7 caught up with the two as they made their way through Odessa Friday afternoon.
At first glance you might think the two were a pair of hitchhikers, but after speaking with the men, their story is anything but average. The two, both veterans in their early 20ís have set out with a mission to make a difference. Walking the highway during the day, and sleeping in tents at night. Austin Shirley and Bryan Chochran arenít your average hikers.
ďWe are hiking from Jacksonville Florida to San Diego California in an effort to raise money for a nonprofit organization called Wounded Wear,Ē said Shirley. Which is an organization created to help wounded veterans recover. ďA lot of the guys they are taking care of, they are young guys that come back and have lost limbs in the line of duty. You know, they donít know what they need, itís a brand new life for them,Ē said Shirley.
Shirley started his journey alone but didnít have to march solo for long, a few states over after his journey began in Florida he picked up his buddy Bryan Chochran in Louisiana. ďHe invited me along on this journey and itís incredible, itís a great challenge,Ē Chochran said.
Since their adventure began in October the men have kept their followers updated through their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chasing-The-Sun-2013/566911100011716 .
In a few of the groups posts you can tell it hasnít been easy, in January, Austin was hospitalized after coming down with a bad viral infection, and when they arrived into Midland Thursday night the terrain was a new kind of obstacle. ďWe keep stepping on these super thorns, that go right through our shoes and into the bottom of our feet,Ē said Shirley.
The men hope to complete their walk across the country in May, and have raised just over 19 thousand dollars for Wounded Wear. If you would like to donate to their cause visit the website below.