WE HAD A VISITOR TO TERRE HAUTE (That’s French for “Care for a donut?”) a few days ago. Actually, it was two visitors – a fellow named Steve Westcott and LeeRoy (His spelling, not mine) Brown, his goat.
Mr. Westcott is from Seattle, undoubtedly heavily caffeinated and trying raise money to help build an orphanage in Kenya. He has the goal of walking all the way to Times Square in New York City. Why he is taking the goat with him remains unclear.
Making these treks across country to raise money for various charitable causes is not new. Taking a goat with you is a unique twist, however.
Mr. Westcott has a webpage about all of this:
He even has a blog running about it, but it looks like he hasn’t added to it for several months. The goat hasn’t said much either.
I looked at a number of his blog entries and my first reaction was, “Who’s crazier, the guy with the goat or the people he meets along the way?”
Blog date: 9/1/2014
Place: Denver, Co.
“Now, as I am walking down 16th Street about five blocks I was surrounded by four motorcycle cops. No joke! The first thing they said to me was, “Hey man you were told not to bring your llama down here.” I said, “I am sorry, I don’t have a llama.”
“You can’t walk on 16th Street. You need to go over to 15th Street.”
Now, I get towards the edge of 15th Street. There is a 7-11 and I want to get myself something to drink. I tie LeeRoy to a flag pole out front, I come out and there are people all around. This lady comes out of nowhere in a full head to toe peach pant suit. She is yelling, walking up to me screaming about llamas. She says, “You were told by the police not to bring your llamas down here!”
I start yelling back. I say, “LADY, IT’S NOT A LLAMA!” I tell her, “I am trying to leave! You are in my way! I am trying to leave! It’s not a llama!” I finally just start yelling, “IT’S NOT A LLAMA, IT’S A GOAT! IT’S NOT A LLAMA!”
I would have thought that the people of Denver would have a better understanding of what a goat looks like. Obviously not.
Mr. Westcott has reported that he and the goat can cover anywhere from four to twenty miles a day – depending on the attitude of the goat.
What must the goat think of all this? They have been walking for more than two years. LeeRoy has to be wondering about Mr. Westcott’s sanity.
I really do doubt that the goat appreciates the goal of building an orphanage in Kenya. After walking across country for two years I doubt that I would appreciate anything but a hot tub and a cold drink. I know that I would NOT appreciate Mr. Westcott and as far as LeeRoy Brown is concerned – I’ve eaten goat before.
I do wish them both well on their journey. I am concerned that when they get to New York City things might get dicey for LeeRoy. The coyotes that live in Central Park might see Mr. Westcott leading LeeRoy up the street and say to themselves, “I didn’t know that we could get food delivered here.”
Well, Mr. Westcott and LeeRoy – Bon Voyage, bon appetite, and, remember, New York doesn’t want you bringing in any llamas either.