New Jersey man, Thomas Francine, promotes kindness in walk across America

Thomas Francine is a 26-year-old world traveler from Woodbridge who usually gets around by hitchhiking, but is currently walking 3,100 miles from Portland, Maine to

Thomas Francine is a 26-year-old world traveler from Woodbridge who usually gets around by hitchhiking, but is currently walking 3,100 miles from Portland, Maine to San Diego, Calif.

Thomas Francine is a 26-year-old world traveler from Woodbridge who usually gets around by hitchhiking, but is currently walking 3,100 miles from Portland, Maine to San Diego, Calif. (7/15/13)

EDISON - Thomas Francine is a 26-year-old world traveler from Woodbridge who usually gets around by hitchhiking, but is currently walking 3,100 miles from Portland, Maine to San Diego, Calif.

The journey, which he is calling "Walking America," could take anywhere from five months to a year.

Francine says he pushes a used stroller that he purchased through Craigslist to carry a tent, sleeping bag and other belongings.

"I'm having fun meeting people and I'm also promoting this idea that the world is a lot safer than people think," Francine says.

The traveler says he has had only good experiences during his journey and that he is trying to encourage people to be nicer to themselves and others.

"As I go, I'm going to be doing acts of kindness for other people. Documenting it." Francine says. "And trying to get other people to do things as well."

Francine began his walk a week ago, and generally covers 15 to 25 miles a day. He says right now, he doesn't plan on accepting any rides.
 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

A strong nor'easter is impacting New Jersey. 1 New Jersey Weather Forecast
Jersey Shore braces for nor'easter 2 Jersey Shore braces for nor'easter
Heavy winds in Long Branch cause roof to 3 Heavy winds in Long Branch cause roof to fly off condo building
Authorities say 25-year-old Nathan Price fatally shot 21-year 4 Police seek suspect in Newark murder
Newark Penn Station saw very large crowds of 5 NJ Transit service resumes following overhead wire problems

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE