NEBRASKA CITY – Even the 90 to 100-degree heat of Nebraska this summer could not stop James Leitner on his quest to carry 10 gallons of water across America to raise money and awareness about people without access to drinkable water.
Leitner, who began his 3,215-mile mission for clean water in May, reached Omaha with glee on July 15.
The New Jersey man passed Hastings on Day 61, exhausted.
Leitner: “Nebraska might kick my butt. At least I got to spend the first few days of it with my dad who came out to help me out with the heat.”
In his Facebook post, he noted the triumph of relationship over the Nebraska summer.
Leitner: “It creates a nice comfortable feeling knowing each day, with all the hardships, someone is there to help you out. I love him and will miss him. The weather is suppose to be 100+ until Friday. Let’s do it.”
He was encouraged to reach the halfway mark at McCook, a distance he says women and children of Tanzania would walk with water over a six-month period.
He walks with two full, 10-gallon jugs of water for 80 pounds of extra weight to symbolize the conditions that women and children go through for fresh water.
Leitner is on Day 132, after having dental surgery, in Berkeley.