Glyn Stone: Heading East with Gorilla Tape Wheels
The wheels on his luggage cart where worn to the rim. “I made tires with Gorilla tape,” he said. “They got me here from Ogden, Utah.” Strapped to the cart were all his belongings.
I met Glyn walking up the sidewalk in Douglas, Wyoming. Why, I asked him, was he out rambling?
He says his life needed a change of direction. “I always wanted to leave my home town. It was okay there but I was adrift. Not up to much. I was afraid if I stayed I’d go to prison. I also figured I should take this trip while I’m young enough and have the energy to do it.” Glyn is 31.
Glyn says, “one day God put a hand on me and said, ‘boy, it’s time to go to greener pastures'”. He’d saved up enough money to leave town. The last week of November 2018, he set off from Hobbs, New Mexico.
The trip is going well. “I’ve walked, hitch hiked, taken a bus. God is good. He’s provided me with what I needed when I needed it.”
Foot wear has been a challenge. “When you wear some else’s second hand shoes, you have to break them in to your feet. For the first few days you wear them, they kill your feet.”
From Hobbs, he traveled to Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. He plans to travel through northern Nebraska then turn south before cold weather sets in.
He wants to end up in Florida.
The last thing he said was, “my feet are killing me. I think I’ll go camp by the river and soak my feet in the water.” He points his hand east. “Tomorrow morning I’ll be heading out.”
He turned and pulled his cart off in the direction I’d come.
Since meeting Glyn, the mules and I have made it to central Wyoming.