He’s raised more than $105,000 in a walk that has taken him across 10 states since April 17, 2010. He’s not alone on this adventure, dubbed Drum Hike. Yocum is a newlywed, with German wife Mareike walking alongside him. He proudly recalls their wedding took place at mile marker 256. The couple is also joined by their dogs, “Emmie the Superdog,” a Shiba Inu, and a Chihuahua named Harley.
Yocum said people told him his idea to walk across America was crazy. But he didn’t let that stop him. “No matter what they said, I thought, ‘As long as I just work on this idea, I can be successful,” he said. “I don’t really know how much I can be successful. But maybe I can help even one family.’”