Student passes through town on cross walk

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

A student walking from California to South Carolina stops in Tucumcari as he rest from his 2,411-mile pilgrimage home.

Tobiah Steinmetz, said he was on a walk of faith Friday afternoon as he visited the Quay County Sun offices.

“I was compelled by God to walk across the country,” Steinmetz said.

Steinmetz, 25, is a student at South Carolina School of Leadership in Columbia, S.C. He said he was invited by a friend to attend church and since then has had a revelation of faith and life.

“At first I kept telling myself that I could not do this walk,” Steinmetz said. “I had responsibilities, such as rent and car payments. I could not just pick up and go, so I thought.”

Steinmetz said everything changed when he said God provided a way for him to be able to make the walk.

“I filed my taxes and the amount I got back was exactly the amount I would need to set up automatic payments for all my bills,” Steinmetz said. “It was a sign, I was meant to make this journey.”

Steinmetz purchased a one-way ticket from South Carolina to Los Angeles, Calif., where he met a friend and picked up the 16-pound cross which he would carry during his trip.

Steinmetz said he began walking from Orange County, Calif., 24 days ago. He said he has figured he has to walk 10 hours a day in order to get back to South Carolina in time to begin classes.

“I have met some amazing people along the way,” Steinmetz said. “It has been a blessing and delay at the same time.”

As Steinmetz was walking through Tucumcari along Route 66, he was stopped by a family from Dublin, Ohio.

He spoke with the family for a moment and prayed with them. After the prayer they handed him some money, a bottle of grape juice and an apple.

“People like them have been so generous to me on my trip,” Steinmetz said. “I appreciate each and everyone of them. But sometimes I don’t walk very far in a day because I am stopping to talk with them.”

Steinmetz continued to walk through Tucumcari at 1:15 p.m. with the temperature reading 100 degrees at the First National Bank of New Mexico.