At 78 he is setting his sights on 66
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP) —
Known in mythical terms by other hikers, a man who calls himself: Nimblewill Nomad.
He started walking decades ago, and just never really stopped.
Every year he goes on a long trail hike, thousands of miles, and now he has a new trip; he's making his way down the Historic Route 66.
At 78-years-old, he says nothing will stop him.
Sunny, or Nimblewill Nomad, made it to Springfield headed Southwest by Day 11.
Route 66 cuts through the heart of the nation, through cornfields, Kansas, Illinois, and Texas.
“I’ve been infatuated and mesmerized by Route 66 since I was a child," he said. "So here I am out here hammering on it."
He's strapping on about 7 pounds and putting his feet to the test.
“I can do the miles, I just simply can’t carry the weight anymore."
He carries a lightweight rain jacket and pants, no extra clothes, a GPS, and a map, and just a couple other items.
“I’ve hiked all the major national scenic trails,” he said. “I’ve hiked the six major trails of westward expansion, the pioneer trails. I do one of these hikes about once a year, and Route 66 has just been hanging back in the back of my mind."
The route starts in Chicago and ends in Santa Monica. Nimblewill plans on finishing in November living day by day, and not even picky about where he'll sleep each night.
"I can go over here in a little nook in this cornfield tonight, and be comfortable and you'll never know that I’ve been there."
He said as historic the Route may be, it’s still fresh and interesting, something everyone can always enjoy.
"It's not dying,” he said. “Everybody is still so excited about it; It's a wonderful little road, for me, it's a trip back in time, it's absolutely a trip back in time."
Nimblewill Nomad is turning 79 on the road, in the next few of months.
You can track his movements through his website: https://nimblewillnomad.com.