You know that song by the Proclaimers, “I would walk 500 miles …”  It seems like a lot, right? That’s nothing for this guy.

“World Guy” just keeps walking and walking to bring attention to diabetes, and so far he’s walked more than 4,000 miles. He’s gained quite a Facebook following and he has fans and followers on his blog. He’s just now passing through East Texas. Did you see him? We’ll recap where he’s been.

Last Friday he walked from Wells to Alto. Yesterday he walked along Highway 175 near Jacksonville, rolling his giant globe the whole time and accompanied by his beloved dog, who journeys with him.

How far has he come? World Guy started the walk Jan. 11 in Alabama, and has walked across Mississippi and Louisiana, and now Texas.

World Guy tells us on his blog, that his mother passed away from diabetes and he walks to celebrate her memory, and to encourage others to get up and move.

Erik Bendl plans to keep on walking, and will be in Dallas by mid-April.

And what’s with the globe? Bendl says a friend was about to throw it away and he rescued it from the trash heap.  It has become his signature on the walk.

At least he’s walking through Texas in the spring, and has plans to get the heck outta here by the time the July heat grips us. Happy trails, World Guy!