Man walking continental U.S. perimeter

YUMA, Ariz. – He closed his business, told his wife in Virginia Beach goodbye, and on June 30, 2014, Leroy Bailey set off on the trek of a lifetime.

“I have roughly walked approximately 4,000 miles,” Leroy stated.

The 52 year old is walking the entire outskirts of the continental U.S., sleeping anywhere he can.

“Bridges, underpasses. Actually, I’ve camped behind bushes in the desert,” he explained.

The motive behind his mission – Leroy says God told him to do it.

“I feel led that this is what I have to do if I want to do more than feed people and clothe people during the week,” he said. “If I really truly wanted to see shelters built then I had to do something myself.”

Leroy says having once been homeless himself, each step he takes raises awareness about those without a roof over their heads.

“I’m really hoping people go out and look and see what’s going on with the homelessness in America. We treat animals better than we treat our own brothers and sisters,” Leroy told us.

The traveler has collected 1800.00 dollars so far but hopes to raise much more before ending his journey back in Virginia. With roughly 14 months left, we asked him if he ever thinks about giving up.

“No, no. I actually have two stress fractures in my left foot, and I’ve had them since El Paso, Texas. No I don’t give up,” he concluded.

Leroy expected to leave Yuma sometime on Wednesday, heading toward the California Coast.

You can donate to his cause at

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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