May 19, 2013 7:05 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Los Osos man starts last leg of his walk across the United States

San Luis Obispo was recently named the eighth fittest city in America, and one Los Osos man is a prime example of why. He's walking across America to better his health.

76-year-old Bill Fairbanks of Los Osos is on the last leg of his cross country trip. The retired anthropology teacher decided to walk across the country during his free time.

"I know when you go through a rite of passage, you need a challenge. So this is my challenge entering retirement before the rocking chair gets me," said Fairbanks.

Fairbanks started in Los Osos and hopes to end in Boston.

His wife Carole is his support team on the road.

"I take him out in the morning and pick him up at night," said Carole.

Fairbanks says walking across the country gives him a chance to study the nation anthropologically and explore what you can't find in a guidebook.

The trip has also taken him to places close to his heart.

"A lot of these stops have a lot of meaning, especially up in the Bay Area. I walked by the farm where I grew up," said Fairbanks.

No matter what, he keeps on walking.

"I was offered a ride on an Amish buggy, maybe I should have taken it," he said.

Bill left Sunday morning for what he hopes is the last leg of his five-year cross country adventure.



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