The kindness has also extended to food. Brown packed his car with eight months' worth of supplies, yet the food isn't dwindling thanks to kindness of strangers.
“I knew people were gracious, but it's just in spades,” he said. “It's insane. It's nuts.”
His blog has hit 20,000 page views, some from other countries, and Facebook users offer support and kind words. Brown posts trivia questions on his blog that have caught the attention of schools and others who eagerly comment while waiting for the answer the following day.
Brown doesn't listen to music or books while walking as a safety precaution. He simply takes in the scenery and talks to whoever comes along — about ovarian cancer, about Joan and about life.
Brown hasn't let weather slow him down and doesn't plan on stopping until he sees the Golden Gate Bridge.
“I'm looking forward to everything,” he said. “Every day is a new walk, it's something you haven't seen.”
You can follow Brown's journey through his blog at www.ocjoan.blogspot.com, on Facebook by searching for the page Ocjoanx, on Twitter by searching for the handle @ocjoan or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be reached by phone at 610-906-6252.
Nicole Dominique can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 138, or at email@example.com.