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Saw an interesting fellow on the way home from work today, Charlie Boy.
He says he has traveled 32,000 miles and is on cart #2. My wife had seen him a few days earlier much farther down the highway. He allowed me to take his picture and I thought it was pretty cool.
  Would have been great to have a bit more time to talk but we were headed in opposite directions and he needed to get to a safe camping spot.
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Wow. Does he walk everywhere? I wonder why he pulls that on foot instead by bike. 

It is a cool looking cart.
 
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The cart was extremely interesting, would have liked to have seen it opened up. He was very well spoken and  I wish we could have talked more.
His first cart was destroyed when he was struck by a car in Texas. He was on his way to Roseburg to visit friends.
 
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Wonder if he made it. I haven't seen him, but I don't spend a lot of time in town at the moment.  I'll say hello if I do see him!
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I found this page and thought I would give a Charley Boy update. After watching him all last week, make his way south out of Crescent City, CA, I ran across him on the back roads of Arcata, CA this evening. I stopped and talked to him for a while. Unfortunately he had just been run off the freeway by the highway patrol so he wasn't in the best of moods. Charley Boy has pushing his cart around the U.S. since 1992. He claims he has walked 32,000 miles across 21 states in that time. He definitely has some conspiracy theories running around his head but is a really nice guy. When we parted ways he thanked me for stopping and giving him someone to vent to.
 
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That's a lot of walking.
 
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Another Charlie Boy update. We came upon him 13 Nov 2011 as he trudged down the Avenue of the Giants through Humboldt Redwoods State Park. No way I could pass up a chance to chat, so we rolled alongside him as he walked and talked. Apparently, he discovered after he took up his cart that his true last name -- Chariot en Bois -- happens to mean "wood cart" in French. He said if he'd known that before he started walking, he woulda never taken up the cart, since the last thing he wants to be is a cliché. When asked why he started walking in the first place, which indeed he said he's been doing since the early 1990s, he talked of having seen a wood cart once and thinking it to be the coolest thing. Given the amount of conspiracy theory tumbling out of him about 10min into our confab, it's easy to imagine other forces may have also helped set him adrift. Nonetheless, he was an amiable fellow, and he let us snap a few pics as well. As we didn't have any cash to compensate for his image, we ponied up some chocolate chip cookies, a rootbeer and a box of crackers . . . all of which disappeared easily inside his beautiful wooden cart.
 
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Interesting to see how he travels
 
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I watched a video today that reminded me of this thread.

Another guy walking - this time across China - and you see a similar cart at the end of the video.


 
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...and there was Peace Pilgrim with no cart...so admirable and kind of romantic sounding...another thing in reality I guess. I do like knowing that lifestyle is possible though.
 
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  Found this while digging for info on an old gentleman i had the pleasure of meeting last weekend. Charlie boy is still walking, still pulling his wooden cart. He pitched camp next door behind an old machinery shop after asking me if it was ok. That was just the start of a couple of long conversations with the old fella. Lots of stories. Too much to list. Just wanted to share some facts. Met Marc on Dec 8th here in Goldthwaite TX. He was traveling west on Highway 84 and stopped here at the edge of town to camp for the night. Early the next morning, i made a couple of small repairs to his cart then he was off headed toward Brownwood TX. He said he was approaching 55,100 miles on his cart and had been stopped by the police 331 times so far. His back still bugs him when he gets still for too long so he just walks n walks. If anyone sees this that gets the chance to talk to him, do so. You wont regret it.
 
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Doesn't seem that long ago that he pased through here.
 
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