Houston County Courier
By Daphne Hereford
LATEXO – Motorists travel-ing along Hwy. 19 between Crockett and Latexo on Thurs-day morning likely caught a glimpse of a man, carrying a cross walking along the road. That 69-year-old man is George Walker of Pittsburgh, Penn. who is better known as Pilgrim George. He said he has been walking for the Lord for 40, traveled to 41 countries and walked some 40,000 miles. His present journey, which began in Corrigan on Tuesday, May 4, is taking him from East Texas to Santa Fe, NM, an 1,800 mile round trip. According to Internet re-search he began walking in 1971, after arriving in Jerusa-lem at the end of a 4,000-mile hike. Before then, he was in semi-nary training to become a Catholic priest. An interview reported that while in Jerusalem he received his call from God telling him he should walk all over the world. And he's been doing that ever since. He walks from sunup to sundown and usually covers eight to 10 miles a day. He carries water and food with him and stays in a small tent at night. George reportedly walks during the summer months across the country and stays at a church on the East coast during the winter months. Pilgrim George he said he wants people to take notice of his walking stick a large cross atop a long rod more than to see him. He carved the rod near the Cave of Elijah on Mount Sinai 11 years ago. Reports say the cross is the reason he is walking, and he wants people to notice it and get its message. Motorists do stop and talk to him and with each he shares his message. And each walks away from the encounter knowing they have met a man whose life is dedicated to spreading the word of God.