St. Simon’s Island, Ga. – Two years and 10 months after starting his journey in San Diego, a 93-year-old WWII veteran completed his cross-country run.
Ernie Andrus dipped his toes in the Atlantic Ocean at St. Simon’s Island Saturday morning. Hundreds of family, friends and reporters gathered to watch Andrus take the final steps of his journey.
Andrus told The Burnswick News that he’s going to miss life of the road.
“Oh it’s great,” Andrus said. “I’m glad to have finished and met the goal. But I wish it wasn’t over.”
He began is journey on October 7, 2013 when he was 90-years-old. He ran three days a week, averaging between 13 and 26 miles, WCTV reports.
On Friday, he celebrated his 93rd birthday and completed his journey the next morning.
Andrus was running to raise money to bring a WWII-era ship in Indiana to Normandy, France for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing. He served as a medic on a similar ship during WWII.
Now that he has completed his journey, Andrus is planning to drive his motor home to Alaska, where his stepdaughter lives. Once he’s there, he plans to drive the Alaska Highway.