Lee, who is single, figured it was a good point in his life to accept the challenge of walking across America. Plus, it would be something he could tell his grandchildren about one day.
"I've always wanted to explore America," he said. "So, I knew that would be my next destination. The basic route was to follow the American Discovery Trail. But after beginning on it, I realized it would take way too long to follow it. So, I made up my own route. And I chose to begin on the West Coast mainly because I wanted to finish on the East so I could head up to New York for New Year's!"
He figures the entire journey will include about 3,200 miles.
He takes a cart along with him carrying the essentials of water, food, clothing and camping equipment.
The hardest part of the journey has been making the walk alone. He began with a friend, who after a few weeks decided to drop out. Lee did not want to do the walk alone, but he did not want to quit.
"Those first two weeks alone were probably the toughest moments in my life," he said. "I was in a country on the other side of the world, didn't know anyone, had promised everyone I would complete this walk. I felt completely alone and got really low and depressed. But I eventually pulled and now I'm in the final stretch. But saying all that, it's also made me a much stronger person and made this walk so much more important and meaningful to me. It's taught me how strong I can be if I just get my head straight and put my mind to it."
Go to his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/10MillionSteps to follow him along his journey.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-12467.