|Published:||Sep 21, 2010 5:43 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 20, 2010 8:12 PM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Phillip Woods isn't one to take retirement sitting down.
For the second time in four years, the 72-year-old Naples man is on a mission to walk across the country. He began his latest trek April 23, starting on the US-Canada border in Minnesota.
Five months later, he's back in Southwest Florida. He plans to end in Key West mid-October.
"I'm success oriented, I guess," Woods told WINK News on a short break in Cape Coral. "I'm interested in getting the job done."
And interested in getting more Americans outdoors, he says.
"I wanted to do it for some reason that I believe in," Woods said. "I believe in getting America more active."
Woods has picked up a lot of support along the way. His efforts have been featured on television and radio stations across the country.
Some even offer to give Woods money, though he never takes it.
"I suggest they give it to one of their local charities," Woods said.
Woods made his first cross-country walk four years ago, traveling from the East to West Coast. His wife, Carol, helps by driving a truck stocked with food and water that is always just behind, or right ahead.
Woods' current 2,700 mile adventure ends next month in Key West. He hopes to walk the final mile with a crowd.
"I'm going to have a big party and I'm inviting everybody," Woods laughed.
He says he's not sure what he'll do next.
"I don't know exactly what... I'll just have to check and see," Woods said. "But I'll do something."
Woods tells WINK News he will stay the night at Coconut Point before walking to Naples on Tuesday. You can learn more about his journey and read a blog about his adventures at www.walkwithwoods.com.