When he was 14, Reid Williamson received an atlas outlining each of the counties in the United States.
Now 64, Williamson is one of 32 "completers" in the Extra Miler Club, having visited all 3,143 U.S. counties.
The Washington Post's John Kelly profiles the Delaware man and his decades-long quest to see his country. To see each of Alaska's counties, Williamson had to take three separate trips, one of which involved a whopping 29 flights.
He has crossed 107 of the country's state-to-state borders and had almost completed his mission to visit all 370 colonial churches on the Eastern seaboard.
Williamson's bucket-list-like journey to the nooks and crannies of his country isn't just motivated by a checklist:
"I travel for the purpose of seeing the face of the Earth," he told Kelly in the Washington Post, admitting that some of the counties — specifically the vast open, wasteland-like stretches in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texes — he'd never have seen had it not been for his self-imposedRead More »from ‘Extra miler’ Reid Williamson visits all 3,143 American counties