We spoke with Brad, who runs Lawn America in Tulsa, Okla., last March about his journey. Here’s an excerpt from that feature:
“I hate sitting at my desk all day. I always have,” Johnson says. As a kid, he’d spent countless summers hiking in the Rockies, and continued backpacking with his wife and children.
During his trip, Johnson averaged 16 miles a day with a 30-pound pack for four months. Oh, and he raised $105,000 for five local charities.
“I’m no spring chicken. I’m 56 years of age. That’s why I wanted to do it before I retired and couldn’t do it physically. Or be dead,” he says. “We’re not guaranteed anything.”
During the past year, Brad wrote a book about his experiences.
Anyone who’s met Brad knows that he’s a soft-spoken, modest guy who just happens to run a wildly successful lawn care company in the Midwest. But he’s smart and savvy and his story isn’t just about a middle-aged guy plodding through the woods. It’s about understanding – just a little better – his place in the world.