Man walks through Tulsa with cross


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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 10/03/2013 5:39 pm Published: 10/03/2013 4:44 pm


It was quite the sight along the Broken Arrow Expressway onThursday -- a man walking along the expressway carrying a huge, wooden cross.

He talked to FOX23's Farron Salley, but wouldn't let his face be shown on camera or reveal his real name.

He told FOX23 he simply goes by Paul, because that's who he's modeling a holy mission after.

"The apostle probably walked more than anyone in the history of Christianity. So just call me Paul," he said.

He's hitting the pavement to follow the literal interpretation of God's command.

"To take up your cross and bear it daily. To remind everybody to do it in their hearts," he said.

And he's going to bear that cross 1,267 miles to Savannah, Ga.

"(I am) trying to stay on U.S. highways and off of toll roads the most I can. There are some areas of the county you can't," he said.

Paul said he's thought this through. He put in the three weeks' notice before quitting his job. And a friend helped him build the sturdy cross he's carrying.

"Without anything in it, it's 66 pounds it's 8-foot, 4 inches tall and 5 foot wide," he said.

Inside he has space to keep clothes, a tent, groceries and his Bible.

"I'm hoping someone invites me to church every Sunday. I'm not going to walk on Sundays. Six days and one day of rest, you know?" he said.

His goal, he said, is to walk 10 miles a day until he makes it to the East Coast, then it's time to turn around until he makes it back and his mission is complete.

His eastern tour started on Thursday, after it's Man walks through Tulsa carrying large cross

It was quite the sight along the Broken Arrow Expressway onThursday -- a man walking along the expressway carrying a huge, wooden cross.

He talked to FOX23's Farron Salley, but wouldn't let his face be shown on camera or reveal his real name.

He told FOX23 he simply goes by Paul, because that's who he's modeling a holy mission after.

"The apostle probably walked more than anyone in the history of Christianity. So just call me Paul," he said.

He's hitting the pavement to follow the literal interpretation of God's command.

"To take up your cross and bear it daily. To remind everybody to do it in their hearts," he said.

And he's going to bear that cross 1,267 miles to Savannah, Ga.

"(I am) trying to stay on U.S. highways and off of toll roads the most I can. There are some areas of the county you can't," he said.

Paul said he's thought this through. He put in the three weeks' notice before quitting his job. And a friend helped him build the sturdy cross he's carrying.

"Without anything in it, it's 66 pounds it's 8-foot, 4 inches tall and 5 foot wide," he said.

Inside he has space to keep clothes, a tent, groceries and his Bible.

"I'm hoping someone invites me to church every Sunday. I'm not going to walk on Sundays. Six days and one day of rest, you know?" he said.

His goal, he said, is to walk 10 miles a day until he makes it to the East Coast, then it's time to turn around until he makes it back and his mission is complete.

His eastern tour started on Thursday, after it's finished he hopes to walk back to St. Louis.

finished he hopes to walk back to St. Louis.


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sledbet - 10/4/2013 12:36 PM
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I saw that guy this morning on Hwy 51 east of Broken Arrow. He was right on the edge of the highway, in rush hour traffic. It's a wonder he doesn't get hit.

mustangdriver - 10/4/2013 10:29 AM
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I third that. I guess they are too busy covering the government shutdown to have anyone edit the story.

crickett3102 - 10/4/2013 10:07 AM
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I agree. This story could have been written better if an elementary student wrote it.

Twiztidrox - 10/4/2013 3:21 AM
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This story is poorly written.
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