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72 year old man stops in Dubuque during walk across country


DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- One walk across the United States wasn't enough for this 72-year-old -- he's at it again.

Phil Woods' latest cross-country journey started in Minnesota and brought him Wednesday evening into Dubuque.

Besides water, sunscreen and his wife Carole always waiting nearby in their SUV, Woods said his walk is fueled by inspiration. Four years ago, he met a young man who talked about a walking trip to the Appalachian Mountains.

"That inspired me to walk from east to west," Woods said about his first transnational trek.

Woods is not without a mission. He is walking to inspire wellness.

"I inspire someone, and they inspire me," Woods said.

With a goal of 25 miles each day, he has covered millions of steps and had his fair share of opportunities to touch peoples' lives.

"To be 72 years old and be able to walk 25 miles a day, I feel very fortunate," Woods said, "and to be able to do it day after day after day."

Woods said no matter a person's age, everybody should get moving, stay active and cherish each day.

"I enjoy what I'm doing," Woods said. "I just hope that I'm successful at what I'm doing."

Woods started his trek April 23 in International Falls, Minnesota. His final destination is Florida, where he and his wife Carole live in Naples.

You can trace Phil's journey through regular updates on his Web site: www.walkwithwoods.com

Woods said he plans on walking down Highway 52 Thursday.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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