Benjamin Lee, 25, expected to enter West Virginia over the weekend as part of his journey to walk across America.
So far, Lee, of Australia, has covered California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.
"At last check I had walked 2,700 miles," Lee said in an email interview just before he expected to begin his trek across the Mountain State on Saturday. "I'm hoping to find places to stay along highway 50 from Clarksburg to Mt. Storm, but the most important thing I need help with is people who might be able to transport my cart ahead of me. Areas of highway 50 don't have much, if any, shoulder. So, to walk with the cart would be quite dangerous."
In May, Lee began the challenge of a lifetime as he set out to travel from the West Coast to the East Coast of America solely by foot. He calculated it would take an estimated eight months and 10 million steps to complete the journey.
He decided to take on the task due to his love for adventure as well as to raise funds for Oxfam.
"Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations working in approximately 90 countries worldwide to find solutions to poverty and related injustice around the world," he said. "I hope to raise $10,000 in total" on his Australian and American Facebook pages.
He has raised more than $1,200 on his American page at http://my.oxfamamerica.org/fundraise?fcid=245255, and on the Australian page at http://myoxf.am/ev/431, he has raised another $4,300 for the cause.
The graduate of Deakin University holds a bachelor's degree in environmental science.