‘It’s not really about me’: Ont. man nears Halifax on epic East Coast walk
Published Friday, August 11, 2017 9:46PM ADT
If you walked in Michael Sutherland's shoes, you'd need a nap, too.
Sutherland has always dreamed of seeing Canada’s East Coast. And now, after nearly two months on the road, he’s finally getting close.
"I'm on a walk,” he says. “A bucket list type of walk."
But not just any walk. Sutherland started his trek 1,700 kilometres away in Peterborough, Ont., trying to reach his final destination in Halifax.
His goal was to see the East Coast by way of his RV. But when that broke down just outside of Ottawa, he started walking.
"This is something I've always wanted to do,” Sullivan says. “After the van and stuff, I was mad and I was sad, but then it's like I'm doing what I want to do."
And people started following his progress. Tons have stopped to buy him a Tim's, make him homemade meals, and give him mementos. It’s all led to 6,000 followers on a Facebook page he didn’t even create.
"It's not really about me,” says Sullivan. “It's all these stories and people stopping to talk to me. If it wasn't for them, I don't think I would be here. I think would have quit a long time ago."
The father of two was a trucker in another life, but says he was injured on the job. He has diabetes which has affected his feet.
But he makes do, pushing this trolley across a part of the country he's always dreamed of seeing.
"If it seems to be helping other people, well then what's wrong with that? That gives me the strength to keep moving on. And I'm going to keep moving on until I hit Halifax."
Once he gets to there, his only plan is to take a dip in the Atlantic.
"At least a foot in, or a couple of hands in."
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Laura Brown.