24,950 Miles and Counting

By Camaron Abundes   
NewsWest 9

KERMIT- As drivers on Highway 302 race to get home on Christmas Eve, Marc Charlebois's pace alongside is a whole lot slower.

"The cows are always running to the fence and running along with me," the North Dakota Native said.

If not for the smile on his face, one might not think he was getting too far.

"I've got 3800 miles on these," Charlebois said about his shoes.

By the end of the year, Charlebois will have logged 4,000 miles and 25,000 miles since he started back in the early 1990's.

"I was Gumping, before Gump first Gumped," Charlebois said about the famed Tom Hanks flick, "Forest Gump."

In 2000, the artist decided to take to the road to sell his oil paintings, and hand painted signs full time. Charlebois says he sleeps anywhere out along the road. Call it a bit of irony but the painter and sign maker is not into labels. When asked Wednesday what to call the pull cart he takes with him, Charlebois quoted another artist saying he doesn't like to give things a name for fear of ruining that thing.

Charlebois has learned a thing or two about value on his journey.

"50 dollar shoes last longer than 100 dollar shoes," he said.

He uses a product for plumbers to resole his shoes.

He's too thoughtful to say he's learned it all, or anything for that matter on the road.

"If you think, you've got the answer you're wrong," he said.

Charlebois also doesn't take his life's work too seriously.

"It's like the first episode of "Seinfeld", there really isn't anything to learn. And if you've learned that than you've learned something," he said.

Charlebois says whether it be ghosts or UFO's, he's seen it all.

"I am not really gullable, but I am open to anything. I've just seen too much," he said.