102-Year-Old Man Taking Cross-Country Trip of A Lifetime


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The motel, located off Hal Greer Boulevard in Huntington, was just a pit stop Wednesday for Hugh Alexander who's on the trip of a lifetime -- a lifetime that's had him traveling for 102 years.

Alexander, a California resident, is crisscrossing the country in his 2011 Chevrolet SUV. So far, he's just under 3,000 miles into the trip.

"I've always been a night driver," Alexander said. "I'm used to driving in flatter country. These hills kind of overwhelmed me."

Alexander is a retired Navy man, who's stopping to visit family and friends along the way

"This is goodbye," he said. "I'll never make the trip again. The numbers are getting too high. Let's face it; I'm not going to live forever."

He went on to say, "I had planned since World War II to live to 103 years old and to be shot by a jealous husband. It looks like I'm going to make it to 103, but there's no jealous husband in sight."

Alexander says he'll be 103 on Nov. 28. He's hoping to be back in California in plenty of time for candles and cake.

"I've got the best bed in the world, and I"m looking to get back in it," he said.


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