I’m intrigued by the story of Michael Sutherland. He’s the guy walking from Peterborough to the East Coast of Canada.
He’s an older guy, he’s diabetic and not doing well. Maybe that was the impetus for this journey – he told us he has a hole in one foot and the other one’s starting to go.
He set out from Peterborough to follow his dream of seeing the East Coast, but his final destination is unclear. He might have a long lost cousin there, according to a woman named Debbie Lynn who’s been following his journey on Facebook. She met Michael when he was passing through Napanee, and although he wouldn’t accept a ride he did take the shoes she offered him. According to Debbie he has an ex wife and adult children in the Peterborough area.
When we spotted him on Hwy 2 east of Kingston he was wearing an orange reflective vest and resting on his cart by the side of the road. His face was weathered and he’s missing some of his bottom teeth. It looks like he’s had a hard life.
With his shirt open we could see he had a leather necklace with a pouch hanging from it. He says it’s his “medicine bag.”
The story is that Michael originally started out in an RV, but after it broke down he chose to keep going on foot. Now his only possessions are the cart with a hockey bag full of clothes and a thin mattress, which he sometime uses to sleep on the side of the road. He said he was looking forward to getting to the next town so he could go to the Beer Store and take a break from walking.
While we were talking to him another driver pulled up to offer him several bottles of water. It seems like a lot of people have been trying to help in whatever way they can.
He wants to walk. He's turned down rides. We talked to him on friday— Tiffany K (@Luvs_Kitties) July 10, 2017
Is he just a homeless man with nowhere to go, or is this a sort of final quest for freedom?
When we told him people were inspired by his story he said “that’s because they’re stuck at work every day from 9-5.”
Although he’s accepting some help along the way he refused our offer to load up his cart and give him a ride. He told us “it’s not the mountain, it’s the climb.”