In the last few weeks, a dude in a big teddy bear costume has been walking east along Route 66.
A couple of examples:
The Arizona Republic caught up with him this week. He is Jesse Larios, 33, of California, who’s raising money for charity during his trek from Los Angeles to New York City:
“I always wanted to create a tool to give back,” Larios said in an interview with The Arizona Republic. “To kind of give back to the community and just help people.”
Inspired by his Alaskan Malamute named Bear, Larios designed the character Bearsun with a friend six years ago. He imagines the character to be beyond stereotypes and one that uses actions over words, hence Bearsun’s absence of a mouth. […}
In his current journey, Larios is walking to Times Square in New York City while raising funds for five charities that range from supporting people with autism to the environment. On July 22, he reached his first goal in raising $15,000 for the Autism Society of America.
His next focus is to raise the same amount for Active Minds, a nonprofit that supports mental health awareness and education for young adults.
Larios said he walks 20 to 30 miles per day and camps out each night if a local motel doesn’t offer him a room. He carries a backpack with a couple of days of supplies and water.
So if you see a life-size teddy bear walking along Route 66, you haven’t lost your marbles.