One world traveler has spent the last several months lacing up to explore the U.S.-Mexico border.
With a tent and just a few supplies in tow, Bredt Bredthauer began the more than 800-mile trek about three months ago in Brownsville and finally made his way into El Paso this week.
The native Texan says he made stops in McAllen, Laredo, Del Rio, and other towns during the walk, visiting detention centers and even seeing people cross into the U.S.
Bredthauer says the journey was difficult at times, but an overall good learning experience.
“I’ve spent the last three months basically sleeping on the ground in a tent to try to understand what was going on and to experience these things firsthand and talk to people,” he told KTSM.
Bredthauer adds that many experiences were eye-opening.
“So many things surprised me,” he said. “The people surprised me, the level of generosity, the level of openness, the amount of history in this area all the way.”
Bredthauer encourages others to take similar strides to try to understand the border and other controversial issues.