TC man walks 6,000-mile trail across Europe

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — A Michigan man relied on a simple mode of transportation while traveling through 14 European countries: his feet.

Chris Lemanski recently finished hiking about 6,000 miles along the E3 path, which spans from Turkey to Portugal. The 26-year-old Traverse City man made the trek solo, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported .

Lemanski called his hike a “trial by error,” saying he often planned as he walked. He said an average day involved walking about 25 miles (40.23 kilometers) and finding a place to eat and sleep. He often pitched his tent, and he said many locals let him stay in their backyards and barns.

“They were excited to meet a foreigner,” he said. “People responded very well most of the time.”