Matt Grooms and Grace Nesseth are seeing the country and its people in a way few have.
When you travel cross country on foot, you meet people from all walks of life.
“A lot of people think there are a lot of bad people in the world, but I beg to differ. I think there’s mainly good people in the world, and that’s what we’ve seen," Matt said.
Matt and Grace, along with their dogs Foxi and Nemo, are midway through their journey from California to South Carolina.
Did I mention it is completely on foot?
“We don’t feel we’re too crazy, but others would say differently," Matt said.
But there’s no debating that their hearts are in the right place.
The walk is raising money for a charity that Grace’s mother started in Cedar Rapids, Iowa called Time in a Bottle.
It provides home cleaning services for families with kids battling life-threatening illnesses.
“We’ve had people reach out to her from other cleaning companies around the United States who are interested in trying to bring Time in a Bottle to their state, which was our goal," Grace said.
The two have raised around $20,000 already through the walk called The Golden Road, thanks in large part to over 200,000 followers on TikTok, who step by step follow their 20 mile a day journey that started in October.
"We’ve been blown away by people’s kindness, people giving us snacks and water and donations," Grace said.
The trip also featured a very pedestrian proposal, with Matt proposing to Grace on the side of the road early in their trip.
“I really didn’t think he would do it right there on the side of the road. I was surprised, but in a good way," Grace said.
Matt and Grace expect to make it to their South Carolina finish line by April.
You can go to their website to find more information or donate to their cause.