A Leesburg man began Friday walking through the state of Indiana along the 1928 version of the first transcontinental highway - Lincoln Highway.
Jeff Blair, 66, in 2011 walked Lincoln Highway from west to east. This time he started in Dyer and will take 11 days to walk the 151 miles before ending at the Ohio border May 5.
Blair is doing the walk for several reasons, including raising funds for the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association of which he is president, and also for the Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s is a disease his father-in-law suffered from.
Blair contacted all the historical societies and museums along Lincoln Highway about his journey, including Ross Township in Merrillville, where he stopped by Friday during the walk.
“I’m using them as my stopping in point,” he said. “It gives me a chance to take a break and gives me time to acquaint with them and they also bring people in to talk to. I get to meet 50 to 100 people who have the same interests I do.”
Blair stays at hotels along the route overnight and eats at restaurants along Lincoln Highway, where he brings along brochures as a way to promote the historical road.
Another motivation for the walk according to Blair is to “stay young.”
His wife is also walking part of the route with him.
For more information on Blair’s journey and for a way to make a donation visit www.blairwalk.com.