A young African American man named Allen Norris from Clariton, a neighborhood located in Pittsburgh, PA. one day decided to take on a mind-blowing journey by choosing to travel from Pennsylvania to California, by foot.
Mr. Norris said, “Ever since I was younger I always had this vision to be a superhero, and save the world. In high school I began thinking of ways I could fulfill that vision. So I decided the first step was to travel across the country spreading peace and the idea that you can create your own reality. Life is really what you make it.”
A few short years later Mr. Norris up and left to pursue his journey, without the approval or consent of family and friends.
“I didn’t tell anyone, I just left and then everyone found out on Facebook; including my mother. My family was extremely worried and not the least bit supportive at first. My friends thought it was crazy but amazing. Eventually my family came around and became my biggest cheerleaders and all the support from family, friends, and strangers played a large role in keeping me going,” Mr. Norris said.
The National Guard donated military grade sleeping bag and pocket knife for Mr. Norris to take along with him during his travels.
Mr. Norris said, “I would have to say my sleeping bag, compass, and my pocket knife were my essentials. The sleeping bag and knife were donated from the National Guard and were military grade. The sleeping bag is water proof, meant to trap body heat. And the pocket knife is a great for survival, and self-defense.”
Mr. Norris would rest by taking breaks often to stretch. He would sleep through the morning and walked at night because he felt it was the best way to keep warm.
The journey took about two months for Mr. Norris to complete.
“I walked majority of the journey. Didn’t hitch hike but was blessed to have a couple people stop and drive me a couple miles. No matter the distance, 2 miles by car was extremely helpful as opposed to being on foot,” Mr. Norris said.
He arrived in California on January 4, 2017.
Mr. Norris said, “From this experience I learned that exactly who I am and why I’m here. If I were to take anything from this journey, it’s the idea that everyone really is connected in the universe and can only change as one. What we do affects the world around us, whether it be good or bad. I want to grow and spread my message and connect with as many people as possible.”